The charity Vetlife is asking the veterinary community for fund-raising help to allow it to continue its work.

Rosie Allister
Rosie Allister completed the Boston Marathon in 2014.

The organisation, which provides a free and confidential support helpline, a health support programme and a fund for financial support, is looking to the vet community to challenge themselves with a sponsored walk, cycle, run, swim or triathlon to raise money.

Guaranteed place

Vetlife is offering a guaranteed place in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon, on 24 April, to anyone who thinks they can raise more than £1,000.

In return, the runner will run the 26.2 miles with the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting the charity which is there to help them, and their friends and colleagues in the veterinary profession, if they ever run into difficulties.

This year’s marathon will be a special one to take part in because it is being run simultaneously in space by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Busier than ever

Rosie Allister, chairman of Vetlife Helpline, is running the London Marathon herself and said: “The last year has been the busiest Vetlife Helpline has had in its 23 year history. We are supporting more callers than ever before.

“If anyone else in the vet community has their own place in the marathon and would like to support Vetlife, or would like to raise £1,000 and run for us, it would be great to hear from you.”

If you would like to raise money for the charity, email for more information.

Anyone interested in the guaranteed place in the London Marathon should get in touch before the end of January.

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