100-mile charity walkies

Dave Podmore in the Malverns with greyhounds Heidi and Roo

Dave Podmore in the Malverns with greyhounds Heidi and Roo

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A dog lover from Castletown is about to don his walking boots for a 100-mile charity challenge which will take him through the Welsh valleys.

Former islander Dave Podmore, who now lives in the south west of England aims to raise money for rescued greyhounds by hiking the Valleys 100 event. All money raised will go to the charity Greyhound Rescue West of England.

‘In 2007 my wife Sharon and I adopted our first greyhound, Heidi,’ he said.

‘Straight away we became involved with volunteering for GRWE, from walking the honds in kennels to raising funds and awareness at local street collections.

‘The plight of these gentle and affectionate dogs when their racing days are over is my motivation for taking part in long distance hiking events and raising funds through sponsorship,’ he added.

To complete the distance within the required 48 hours, Dave will have to walk day and night through the forthcoming bank holiday weekend and to qualify to take part in the walk, he recently completed the 50-mile Long Mynd Hike, covering the distance in 19 hours and 17 minutes.

‘It is a challenge but volunteering with GRWE is a great pleasure,’ he said.

To support Dave, readers can find his fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/David-Podmore2. Alternatively, anyone can donate by logging on to www.grwe.com where they can find out more about the charity whose volunteers were named Animal Charity Team of the Year for 2013 by the Association of Dogs’ and Cats’ Homes.

The charity is currently looking for volunteers in the Isle of Man who may be able to offer their services as home checkers.

Dave said: ‘We desperately need someone to visit potential new homes, helping to place more of our perfect pets.’

Anyone who feels able to help out should contact the rescue centre via their web site, details above. Home checkers play an important role ensuring dogs go to suitable homes and answering prospective owners’ questions.

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