Pen-y-ghent is just one of the peaks the Catterick team will have to conquer during their trek. IMAGE: Fotolia/RMartinSeddon.

An entire veterinary practice contingent based in an army garrison town are preparing to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks for charity.

Staff at the Catterick Garrison branch of Vets4Pets, which serves the pets of forces personnel as well as those of local people, will climb the peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent on 27 May.

And, there’s no going back, with a locum vet and RVN already booked to take up the practice reins for the weekend of the epic walk.


According to staff, it was the close link with the garrison that inspired the fund-raising challenge, which they will be undertaking in aid of Nowzad, a charity that works to bring dogs back to the UK that have been befriended by Afghanistan-based soldiers.

V4P Catterick team
The team are fund-raising for Nowzad, and will walk leaving no man behind, they said.

Echoing the camaraderie exemplified by the soldiers within the garrison, practice staff will complete the route together and at a pace suitable for all – nobody will be left behind.

24 miles in 12 hours

Vet Joanne Barker, who is also joint venture partner at Catterick Garrison, said: “The whole idea is that every member of the team does the walk and that we help each other to get round – we are not all in peak physical condition.

“This means we have employed a locum vet and locum nurse for the weekend to make sure everyone can take part. The walk is 24 miles and will take us between 9 and 12 hours to complete.

“We are fully expecting to have big blisters and aching legs, but we know it will be worth it. Any donations would be much appreciated.”

For more information and to sponsor the team, visit their JustGiving page.

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