A Colyton man is running this year's Grizzly in aid of The Donkey Sanctuary, based near Sidmouth in Devon.
Ben Hart, the Sanctuary's Donkey Care Training Manager, took up the placement given to the charity by The Grizzly organisers, Axe Valley Runners. He has now just four weeks remaining to prepare for the multi-terrain race.
Ben says: "Having recently visited Egypt with the Sanctuary to see our project at Giza, I realise this would be an opportunity to perhaps put something back, more than just working for the Sanctuary but raising awareness and funds. I feel that I will be walking the talk … trying to make a difference and doing some suffering of my own."
Ben hopes family, friends and work colleagues will help him raise sponsorship for The Donkey Sanctuary. He says "People could help me by visiting my Justgiving fundraising page and pledging just a small amount."
The funds raised by Ben will be put towards the charity's new Sanctuary from Suffering campaign, which launches at the end of February. This aims to improve people's awareness of the Sanctuary's work in developing countries and help ease the suffering of working donkeys.
The Donkey Sanctuary's international work includes regular mobile veterinary clinics held in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Mexico; the charity makes no charge for its services.
Dawn Vincent, The Donkey Sanctuary's press officer, says: "We are extremely grateful to Ben for running the Grizzly in aid of our Sanctuary from Suffering campaign.
"Our teams work extremely hard to give the donkeys a chance to rest and receive expert veterinary care. They also work closely with the owners to help them understand more about their donkey's needs. These projects provide Sanctuary from Suffering to working donkeys, and are funded entirely by donations."
To sponsor Ben and help donkeys worldwide, please call 01395 578222.
For more information about The Donkey Sanctuary and its Sanctuary from Suffering campaign, please telephone 01395 578222.