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Animal lover raises thousands of pounds for homeless hounds

Dogs Trust’s supporter reaches new heights trekking Kilimanjaro in aid of the UK’s largest dog welfare charity

A lifelong supporter of Dogs Trust has last month (October 3rd) reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro after an intensive, 6 day trek, raising over £5,000 for Dogs Trust in the process.

Simon Tai, a veterinary surgeon from Truro climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, to raise awareness about the work that Dogs Trust do each year for stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs across the UK.

Simon Tai said:

“Trekking to the summit of Kilimanjaro was hugely challenging but also a fantastic and rewarding experience. There were times especially during the final ascent which was done in pitch black at -10C temperatures, when I almost gave up. To do it, all in aid of Dogs Trust is very special as they are a charity close to my heart after having worked as a veterinary surgeon at City Road Vets in Truro with their teams for many years. I’m thrilled that I have been able to raise  a significant of money for the Dogs Trust.

“A particularly poignant area of Dogs Trust’s work is The Hope Project. The Hope Project provides help to homeless dog owners, including veterinary treatment costs such as neutering and microchipping. They also work with hostels, encouraging them to be more dog friendly. I truly believe in this project and I’m delighted that the money raised by my climb will go towards helping even more dogs and their owners.”

This isn’t the first time Simon has gone to extraordinary lengths to raise money for animal welfare. In 2000 he climbed Mount Kenya in support of Guide Dogs for the Blind. This year he climbed all 19,341 feet for the UK’s largest dog welfare charity.

Dogs Trust Community Fundraising Team Manager, Russell Benson said:

“We are honoured and thrilled that Simon has decided to raise such an incredible amount of money for Dogs Trust. Climbing Kilimanjaro is no easy feat! All of the money raised by Simon will help us to care for stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs across all of our 21 rehoming centres as well as our many projects including The Hope Project.”

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