Man cycles 126 miles without leaving his home to raise funds for Dogs Trust
Member of the British Army and dog lover, Stuart Irvine took on an incredible challenge to support Dogs Trust and others charities close to his heart for UK Armed Forces Day. Using his home excerise bike, Stuart did 10 indoor cycling videos back to back and covered a mammoth 203kms in 8 hours and 9 minutes. This is just over 126 miles, so the equivalent of doing the the London to Brighton bike ride twice and a bit more!
Stuart chose to support Dogs Trust in memory of his collie labrador cross Ceilidh, who passed away last September.
Stuart tells us about the first time he and his wife Heather met Ceilidh “We went to see her and it transpired that she had not been the Labrador replacement the previous family had hoped for, she was muzzled, and she had issues – but we knew she would fit in perfectly with us. After a few visits she came home with us.”
He explains “She challenged us until it was clear that she was far brighter than us and, as a Lab cross Collie, was a thinker - she used cunning and guile as a Collie until she found snacks and the Labrador took over!! In 11 years there was rarely a day that we did not laugh - sometimes at her, but mostly with her, and she was our child who we loved dearly.”
Sadly in late 2018 Ceilidh was diagnosed with cancer in her leg and after a difficult time with further complications, she had to be put to sleep the following September.
Stuart continues “We were heartbroken, but the only humane way forward was quickly clear for us. So, following a lot of loving attention, and a picnic of sausages and other lovely stuff, the Vet put Ceilidh to sleep in our arms on a sunny afternoon in our garden in September 2019. For the first time in 11 years our home felt very empty that night.”
When Stuart and Heather are ready, they have decided they would like to get another dog and will be looking to Dogs Trust to find their new dog. In the meantime, Stuart has raised a fantastic £562.50 for the dogs in our care.
If you have a personal challenge you would like to take part in for Dogs Trust, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Community Fundraising Team at [email protected]
You can read more about Stuart and challenge here