A dog lovers Facebook group has raised more than £24,000 for a Kentford animal charity in just a few months after setting itself a target of £5,000.
Jayne May, from Bristol, pledged to raise the cash for the Animal Health Trust (AHT) early this year as she wanted to do something to give dogs a better chance of fighting cancer after three of her own dogs including a retriever called Zoe, were badly affected by it.
A long term member of the Facebook Group, Golden Retrievers England UK Jayne set up Zoe’s Journey UK and turned for help in her fundraising to the internet friends who had first offered her support when Zoe was diagnosed with lymphoma nearly two years ago at the age of 12, She said the support she received was “unimaginable” and so far the total amount raised stands well over £24,000.
On Friday, Zoe’s 14th birthday, 35 of Jayne’s supporters travelled from all over the country and from Ireland, to attend a celebratory event at the Animal Health Trust , to mark the fundraising achievement.
“Groups of people have come together to hold cake sales, garden parties, walks, you name it, it’s happened: a lady in Cornwall even shaved her head,” said Jayne.
During Friday’s celebration there were presentations were heard from the AHT’s head of oncology, Dr Davide Berlato, and head of molecular oncology research, Dr Mike Starkey, about their work to further veterinary understanding of canine cancers. A plaque was also unveiled to mark the achievements and continuing support of Zoe’s Journey UK for the trust.