Jan Wilmot from Toddington, near Dunstable, has signed up for a charity trek in Spain, in aid of the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary.
She has just over three weeks remaining to prepare for the 57km trek along the Genal Valley in Spain which involves 17 hours of walking over three days. She has to raise the minimum sponsorship of £1,500 and has been well supported by family and friends to date.
To help raise funds, Jan walked the 180 mile Milton Keynes Redway system over 11½ weeks with her dog Truffle (pictured right).
She says: "Donkeys have been a part of our lives for millennia helping us to carry loads and walking the world's trails with us, so it seems appropriate that I walk to raise funds to look after those that have fallen on hard times."
The event (12-18th October) takes participants on a three-day hike through part of the Serranía de Ronda mountain range in south western Andalusia, and ends with a hands-on visit to the Sanctuary's Spanish rescue centre, El Refugio del Burrito, to meet the rescued donkeys.
The trek is the first of its kind to be organised by the Sanctuary and will help raise funds to keep its European rescue centres running, which helps donkeys like Hope who had her ears chopped off by vandals.
Anyone who would like to help Jan reach her £1,500 sponsorship target can visit her Justgiving fundraising page.
Jan Wilmot can be contacted via The Donkey Sanctuary Press Office or directly on 07762 526100.