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Celebrating our volunteers for Volunteers' Week

Media Volunteer, Dawn, shares her epic bike ride.

Volunteer, Dawn, on her bike

It's Volunteers Week and we are celebrating all of our wonderful Volunteers here at Dogs Trust Newbury.

Among our dedicated team is Dawn, who is a teacher by day. At Dogs Trust, Dawn is our Media Volunteer, helping take photos of our dogs and the centre each week. She adores dogs (and has a labrador at home!) and is very happy to be helping out at the centre.

Dawn recently joined the 100 mile bike ride for Dogs Trust – here, she shares her journey:

"In September 2018, I started volunteering for Dogs Trust Newbury and as a result I have got to know the staff well, and how much they put their heart and souls into the work they do with the dogs. They are all amazingly dedicated to the dogs in their care.

My role as media support volunteer means I photograph all the new dogs that come into the centre ready to go onto the website and find them a home, hopefully showing their best side!

Dogs Trust do so much to increase the public’s awareness of a number of issues that affect the UK’s dogs and their welfare, from calling for better breeding conditions for puppies and their mothers and dog training to education for all dog owners. They also focus on understanding dogs and sharing that knowledge with the wider public to prevent problem behaviours that can result in relinquishment or abandonment.

I wanted to do a bit more to support Dogs Trust and the work they do, so as I’m a keen cyclist, I thought that riding the Prudential 100 would be a way for me to not only challenge myself but to raise money for them at the same time, so that all the good work Dogs Trust does can continue.

It’s such an honour to ride for the charity and my training has been going on throughout the year. In March I completed a ride from London to Reading in 3.5 hours – a time I am really proud of! This week the really intense training plan has begun and I will be riding five times a week, along with running and Yoga to help me to be in tip top condition for the event.

I am hoping to raise £1000 through my ride, but every penny I raise will count and make a difference. £10 could provide a new training lead for one of our canine residents and raising the full £500 sponsorship target for this event could help us provide six new puppies and their owners with a full course of training, to reduce the likelihood that the puppy will develop problems behaviours as they grow up."

Find out how the money raised will help the dogs at Dogs Trust.

If you would like to sponsor Dawn's brilliant bike ride, you can visit her JustGiving page.