Dog-loving volunteer saddles up to raise pounds for hounds
One of our wonderful volunteers at Dogs Trust Evesham is turning his hand to fundraising, hoping to raise £500 for us through the Prudential Ride London.
Jon Rose, 42, from Worcester rehomed his first dog, Crossbreed Scooby from the centre in 2006, but after sadly losing him, Jon and his brother Mark, a canine carer at the centre rehomed Woody, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
Jon says that his past and present rescue dogs are his 'inspiration' for wanting to take on this iconic challenge which will see him pedal 100-miles around London and Surrey on a similar route to that of the London 2012 Olympic road races.
"Both Scooby and Woody have given us so much joy and both were cared for by Dogs Trust Evesham until we gave them their forever home. They're the reason I want to take on this challenge by giving something back to the charity which makes a real difference to the lives of dogs in their care.
"I absolutely love dogs and Woody is my best mate. I couldn't imagine my life without him and Dogs Trust for allowing me and my brother Mark to be his owners. Dogs Trust does such an amazing work in ensuring that every dog they care for has the best possible experience whilst they wait to be adopted and I just wanted to do my bit to help.
"I enjoy keeping fit and cycling and I'm really hoping to beat my previous Ride London time by finishing in six hours so I'm really looking forward to the challenge and raising money for a great cause at the same time so dogs like Scooby and Woody can find their happy forever homes too."
Jon will take on the iconic Ride London event, and is already on track to hit his fundraising goal of £500 which will go towards dogs in our care.
Tracey Spiers, Rehoming Centre Assistant Manager said:
“We are so grateful for people like Jon who not only give up their time to help our dogs but challenge themselves in order to raise money for them too. Not only will the money raised help us to continue looking after the dogs in our care, but the support and awareness they have generated to spread the word about Dogs Trust is invaluable.”
Dogs Trust Evesham rehomes around 900 dogs each year and cares for around 130 at any one time.