A team of veterinary professionals have gone the extra mile for charity – 60 to be precise – by cycling to 12 of a practice group’s surgeries in 7 hours.

The Highcroft veterinary team visited 12 branches in 7 hours in aid of Hounds for Heroes.
The Highcroft veterinary team visited 12 branches in 7 hours in aid of Hounds for Heroes.

Eight team members from Highcroft Veterinary Group, which has branches across Bristol and the south-west, took on the “Tour de Highcroft” cycle challenge in aid of Hounds for Heroes.

They pedalled their way from Shirehampton Village Vets in north-west Bristol to Frome Veterinary Centre in Somerset, via hills and valleys.

Jumped at chance

Vet Christian Donswijk said the team was always looking for new ways to raise funds and when group ambulance driver Jeff Adams suggested the challenge, colleagues jumped at the chance.

He said: “With Highcroft Veterinary Group now being a large group with 12 branches across the region, our route was ready made, albeit a rather challenging one.

“A special mention must go to fellow veterinary surgeon Fiona Lawrence, who cycled the hardest part of the journey only four months into her maternity leave without any training.”

Charity close to practice’s heart

He continued: “Hounds for Heroes is a charity we feel very close to as a practice, having met the founder of the charity and hearing his incredible story. So far, we have raised more than £400 and our donation page is still open for gifts.”

The team enjoyed the experience so much it is planning to make the challenge an annual event.

Further donations to Hounds for Heroes can be given via the Highcroft Virgin money page.

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