Two veterinary professionals have clocked up around 800 miles and raised nearly £12,000 for Cats Protection by cycling across the UK to give expert talks and workshops.

Taking a breather: Margie Scherk and Mike Brampton.

Mike Brampton, managing director of Thames Medical, and Margie Scherk, co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, set off on the Tour de Vet 2015 bike ride at the beginning of May.

During the three-week long ride from Cornwall to Sussex, the pair stopped off at 16 different veterinary practices to give more than 40 hours of training on a range of anaesthesia and specialist feline topics.

The pair donated all their fees from the talks to Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline welfare charity.

Regional fund-raising manager for Cats Protection Jenny Lewis said: “We are immensely grateful to Mike and Margie, not only for raising such a huge sum, but also for their efforts to raise the level of feline care.

“Their expertise and dedication to cats is incredible and we’re thrilled so many veterinary professionals have been able to benefit from this.”

It is the second Tour de Vet Mr Brampton has completed since coming up with the idea 18 months ago.

He said: “We set out on this journey with hopes of making a difference. With all the support along the way, we think we have achieved this – thank you everyone.”

To find out more about Cats Protection, visit or telephone the helpline on 03000 121212.

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