A GROUP of friends touched by the plight of 25 dogs rescued by a Dorset animal centre put their best feet forward to help fund the charity’s work.
In October, the Margaret Green Animal Rescue in Church Knowle took in 25 dogs rescued from a puppy farm in Devon.
Many were suffering serious illness after being kept in conditions that ‘shocked and horrified’ staff.
The animals were nursed back to health and prompted a huge response from supporters of the charity, who raised more than £20,000 to help.
Among those determined to help after reading the story were an intrepid group of friends who decided to take on a sponsored walk to support the centre.
So on Saturday, November 19, friends Ellie, Lauren, Vicki, Hun, Sadie, Ellie B, Claire and Karen gathered at the Church Knowle rehoming centre to meet the charity’s chief executive, Nigel Mason, before a 25-mile trek to the Margaret Green centre in Weymouth – a mile for each dog rescued.
A charity spokesperson said: “They couldn’t stop thinking about how relieved they were that these dogs had now found the safety with us, that they so desperately needed and deserved.”
The ambitious route started at Church Knowle and stretched along the coastal path until they arrived in Weymouth.
The group – known as The Coast Busters – sang, danced and even collected donations as they went, before arriving in Weymouth 12 hours later, having burnt off 15,000 calories and gained many blisters.
“Margaret Green Animal Rescue is a local organisation that we are so proud to have, and we’re so happy to have been able to raise some money to support it,” said Coast Busters spokesperson, Ellie.
Their fundraising total currently sits at more than £1,700.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to Ellie, Lauren, Vicki, Hun, Sadie, Ellie B and Claire and Karen for their dedication,” the charity spokesperson added.