Intrepid vets and nurses battled rain and sleet in the Lake District to raise thousands of pounds for the guide dogs of the future.

Twelve intrepid vets and nurses battled rain and sleet in the Lake District to raise thousands of pounds for the guide dogs of the future.

The White Cross team after finishing the challengeTwo veterinary teams – one from White Cross Vets’ practices in Guiseley and Roundhay and another from Chapelfield Vets in Norfolk – successfully completed the Coniston Challenge on September 7. Both teams were raising money for mobility charity Guide Dogs.

The event consisted of a 10km hike up the Coniston Old Man peak, cycling 12km through the Grizedale Forest and kayaking two miles across Coniston Water.

The White Cross team came seventh out of 26 teams, and the Chapelfield team finished in 12th place.

RVN Vicky Neave was part of the Chapelfield team. She said: “We were quite tired at the end of it and by the after-party we were all trying to keep ourselves awake.

“We were so pleased to all make it through, despite the hail, rain and sleet – we had sleet during the kayak and a run-in with some Highland cattle during the bike so it was quite eventful.”

RVN Amanda Hatfield from the White Cross team said: “We were so pleased everybody managed to complete it, despite the freezing cold and the hail and rain when we were making our way up Coniston Old Man.”

Commenting on the chosen charity Amanda added: “We have a lot of clients who are puppy walkers and we also have a couple of guide dog owners as clients, so we get to see the difference these dogs make every day.”

As VN Times went to press, White Cross had raised almost £2,000 for Guide Dogs, and Chapelfield a further £1,700.

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