Identical twin brothers from Liverpool are busy pounding the pavements as they prepare to take on the Virgin London Marathon to raise money for a veterinary charity.
Matt and James Forshaw, 28, will take on the gruelling 26.2-mile route through the streets of London on Sunday April 13 to raise funds for the PDSA, which provides free treatment for the sick and injured pets of people in need.
Matt is a veterinary surgeon at PDSA’s pet hospital in Kirkdale, Liverpool, while his brother James runs the nearby Forshaw’s Pharmacy.
Matt said the PDSA has helped “shape” him into the vet he is today and that he has seen demand for its veterinary service in Liverpool increase dramatically.
“I owe a lot to the charity and see everyday what a massive difference it makes to people’s lives, so this is my way of giving something back,” he said.
“We’re busier than ever before. On an average working day at Kirkdale, we see around 200 pets. Add the pets my colleagues at the nearby Huyton hospital care for and PDSA is caring for 375 pets in the city every day. The need for PDSA is huge and all our funding comes from public donations.”
Twin brother James’ motivation is not just supporting Matt; he too is an animal lover. Together the duo are hoping to raise £4,000 for PDSA. Training is going well they said.
PDSA’s community events fund-raiser Sarah Shelton said the charity is “delighted” by the brothers’ efforts.
“Matt and James’ support will mean many pets receive the vital veterinary treatment they need,” she said. “We’ll be cheering them and all of team PDSA on along the course and I hope local animal lovers will dig deep to support them too.”
Anyone wishing to donate towards Matt and James’ marathon efforts can do so by visiting the duo’s donation page.
Alternatively, to donate £5, you can text PET to 82727.