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Taking on the Jurassic Coast in the Name of Animal Welfare

Fri 15th Dec 2017

Veterinary nurse Hollie Tuffnell is taking on an epic challenge to do even more for animals in need! WVS has partnered with adventure travel group Discover Adventure to offer our amazing supporters the opportunity to trek the beautiful Jurassic Coast! Read Hollie’s blog below to find out her motivation for this challenge and how you can join her in raising vital funds for animals across the globe!

Next May I will be embarking on a three-day trekking challenge, spanning 23 miles across the Dorset countryside, starting in Durlston Head and finishing at Durdle Door. I first looked into the challenge after I finished reading Luke’s first book The Vet: My Wild and Wonderful Friends. In the book, Luke completed the Marathon De Sables, a 152-mile race across the Sahara Desert and it motivated me to undertake my own challenge. Mine is perhaps not as intense, but it’s definitely a start!

I chose to take on this challenge for WVS because the charity’s work has helped inspire me to become a veterinary nurse. I have always wanted to travel the world and work with animals abroad, and to know there’s people out there dedicating their lives to this work and making such a difference is absolutely incredible and definitely something I would love to be a part of one day.

I am passionate about animal welfare and conservation and believe every animal has the right to veterinary care. I’m also an advocate for education and feel raising awareness is crucial in order to make a lasting change. I am particularly interested in the emergency response work WVS does, as animals are usually overlooked in such situations. WVS is giving these animals a fighting chance when they most desperately need it.

I am fortunate enough to live in a part of the UK that has a lot of hiking and trekking trails, so I aim on frequenting them a little more often in order to prepare for the Jurassic Coast Trek.

First and foremost, I hope to achieve my fundraising target and know the money I raised has benefitted several projects around the world. Secondly, I’m looking forward to the satisfaction of completing the challenge, having fun and pushing myself. I have never attempted to raise this much money for charity before or participated in a charity organised trek but I’m excited to give it a go.

I’d urge anyone considering taking on a fundraising challenge for charity to just go ahead and do it! It can be nerve-wrecking but it’s for such an important cause and is totally worthwhile. The funds raised really do make a difference and without the teams of vets, nurses and assistants the animals would have no-one to help them. Just have fun and don’t forgot the reason for wanting to fundraise in the first place.

Hollie's a WVS animal welfare champion!! And you could be too! If you're interested in joining Hollie and our team of awesome fundraisers on the Jurassic Coast Weekend, there's still spaces available. Alternatively, you can take on your own fundraising challenge to help animals in need! If you'd like to sponsor Hollie, please visit her Justgiving page.