A vet who celebrates his sixth decade in practice this year is preparing to undertake a fundraising challenge for charity Canine Partners.

Edmund Shillabeer
Age is no barrier for Edmund Shillabeer when it comes to raising cash for charity. Photo credit: Canine partners

Edmund Shillabeer, who is 75-years old, will take part in Brigh10 on October 18 – a 10km route taking in Brighton and Hove. The Brigh10 event is predominantly completed by runners, but, on this occasion, Mr Shillabeer will walk the route.

Mr Shillabeer, of Harwell Veterinary Centre in Peverell and Elburton, Plymouth, said: “I want to see more disabled ex-servicemen have the choice of an assistance dog when they leave Haslers rehab centre in HMS Drake, Plymouth.

“I hope my efforts will inspire some major firm to put serious money their way to add to the donations friends and clients have already made as a result of my previous walks.”

A long-term supporter of Canine Partners, Mr Shillabeer has completed a number of events to raise funds for the charity. He became the oldest person to finish the Isle of Man Parish Walk, completing 85 miles in 20 hours and 53 minutes in June. He also walked from Lands End to Plymouth in 22 hours – a distance of 100 miles.

Canine Partner’s events and challenges coordinator Holly Bryan said: “Edmund is an inspiration to many. We really appreciate his fantastic fundraising efforts, which will help us transform the lives of more people with physical disabilities through our amazing assistance dogs.”

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