Marathon effort to help rescued animals
PUBLISHED: 21:00 24 March 2016
A Weston-super-Mare animal lover is hoping to raise £1,000 for the North Somerset branch of the RSPCA by taking part in the New York Marathon later this year.
Carol O’Leary, aged 60, is a trustee and volunteer at the charity’s Brent Knoll animal centre, which gives new homes to thousands of rescued animals each year. She is one of the centre’s valued dog walkers and also carries out pre-adoption home visits.
Carol, who lives in Weston, said despite competing in marathons in the past – including the London and Bristol to Bath events – she had always wanted to run in the New York race, which takes place in the city on November 6.
She is funding every aspect of her trip, meaning all the money she raises will go straight to the centre in Brent Road.
She said: “I am really pleased to be combining my two passions – animals and running.
“They (the Brent Knoll centre) do a fantastic job and care so much about the animals. They are doing really well with rehoming and people have been fantastic in going in and rehoming pets.
“It is just great they are giving all the animals another chance at having a family.”
To donate, click here to visit Carol’s JustGiving page.