Land’s End to John O’Groats cycling challenge for Costessey vet staff to aid charity Dogs for the Disabled

A vet and her colleagues are going more than the extra mile – 874 miles to be exact – to help provide disabled people with canine companions.

Vet Angela Savory from Highfield Close, Thorpe St Andrew, will be cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats along with 15 other vets in May.

Mrs Savory and Michelle Gothard, 26, from Coronach Close, Costessey, have been involved in a number of activities for Dogs for the Disabled, such as making turtles stick their necks out and bunnies look bonny for a charity calendar.

They will also be holding a free open day at their vet practice, Companion Care Vets at the Longwater Retail Park on February 12 from 11am, with free pet treatments including animal toe-nail clipping and advice.

Mrs Savory, 43, said: 'This charity does such good work and the challenge ahead of me is worth it to be able to help them continue, especially in this economic climate.'

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She has set herself a fund raising target of �3,200. Between them the Companion Care vets from across the UK hope to raise �46,000.

She has been cycling nine miles to work every day, but now faces the prospect of 86 miles a day for 11 days straight.

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'I am quite daunted by it, it is quite a lot and I have done nothing in comparison,' said Mrs Savory.

'But I think I'll get through it, I am confident.

'Seeing the beautiful countryside by going one end of the country to the other by bike will be really nice.

'I'm just keeping my fingers crossed for good weather, and I'm not looking forward to saddle sores and muscle aches. But it is such a great cause.

'People should donate what they can as these dogs change people's lives in such a huge way.'

Dogs for the Disabled trains assistance dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities, as well as families with an autistic child.

Stephanie Lawless, community fundraising manager for Dogs for the Disabled said: 'This is an extremely difficult challenge, and we really do appreciate Angela and her colleagues putting themselves forward to raise much needed funds.'

To sponsor Mrs Savory donate via her JustGiving page http:www.justgiving.comangela-savory, text DOGS68 �5 to 70070 or visit your local branch of Companion Care.

Are you doing something for charity? Call Evening News reporter Joe Wilkes on 01603 772 439 or email

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