A team of veterinary professionals is gearing up to pedal 650 miles to raise funds for charity and support a colleague receiving cancer treatment.

Staff from Friars Moor Vets hope to raise £9,000 to purchase a new piece of equipment for the Salisbury Cancer Unit.

Kind-hearted fundraisers from Friars Moor Vets in North Dorset are taking on the New Forest 100 Sportive challenge on 25 September in the hope of raising £9,000 for a new piece of equipment for Salisbury District Hospital’s cancer unit, which will make it easier and more comfortable for patients to receive chemotherapy.

Colleague support

The ten-strong team is also undertaking the gruelling challenge to show support for their colleague, David Aggett – one of the farm animal directors at Friar Moor – who was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 and is currently receiving treatment at the unit.

A spokesman said: “David has received fantastic care from all the staff at the unit, and the Friars Moor team wanted to show their support.”

Farm vets Jenny Bellini, Lucy Hepworth, Claire Whittle and Eleanor Price will be taking on the challenge alongside TB testers Bogdan Butnaru, Katherine Peaty and Rhian Rochford, director Anthony Wilkinson and farm operation managers Jess Sealey and Izzie Place.

Team effort

Speaking about the training, a spokesman said: “It’s been a great team effort so far with plenty of training and help from the local farming community. Any extra publicity we can get will help our cause.”

The Pembroke Unit is the specialist cancer treatment centre for people from across South Wiltshire, Dorset and West Hampshire.

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