A jubilee torch relay between the 44 branches and hospitals of the Goddard Veterinary Group around London has raised more than £4,000 to be split between Cats Protection and Dogs’ Trust.
The event, to mark the practice’s diamond jubilee this year, was the brainchild of a member of staff.
Veterinary and support staff covered a total distance of 160 miles to complete the relay. Some ran; some cycled; some roller-skated; some took their dogs – and even donkeys were involved in one of the stages.
Philip Goddard, who runs Goddard Veterinary Group, said of the relay: “Our staff really got behind the idea and we’re delighted to have raised such of a lot of money for these two vital charities.”
Emma Rowe, Cats Protection’s regional fundraiser for the south and east, said: “We are extremely grateful to The Goddard Veterinary Group for this generous donation.
“The amount raised is fantastic so we’d like to say a huge thank you to the kind-hearted staff who gave up their time to get involved. The money will help bring about a brighter future for the thousands of unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens in our care.”
The Goddard Veterinary Group runs three veterinary hospitals in London serving a network of 41 branches, all of which are within the M25.