A Police Officer from Walsall has recently completed a trek along the Great Glen Way raising over £400 for The Donkey Sanctuary which prevents the unnecessary suffering of donkeys around the world.
Sally Holmes from West Midlands Police decided to take on the 73 mile trek from Inverness to Fort William to increase awareness about the charity’s cause and the hard work that the animals endure in developing countries.
DCI Holmes says: “By carrying a toy donkey on my back, whilst being sponsored to complete the walk, I felt like I was able to give a little back to those animals who work in the most difficult of circumstances. In these countries the donkeys are often overloaded with bricks and rubbish so that their owners can earn a living.
“I’m really supportive of the international work of the charity as I believe that by helping a working donkey, in the developing world, where the clinics treat thousands, you can, indirectly help poorer families who rely so heavily on their donkeys to complete so many hard and difficult tasks”
The Donkey Sanctuary’s international work includes regular mobile veterinary clinics held in Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Kenya and Mexico.
Amanda Gordon, the charity’s public relations officer says: ”We are really thankful to all Sally’s hard work and efforts, 73 miles is a really long way and to complete it in just three and half days is a remarkable achievement.
“Sally has kindly donated her funds towards our Sanctuary from Suffering campaign, which we have launched as part of our 40th anniversary. This will help us to continue to provide mobile veterinary clinics and education for donkey owners, children and veterinary surgeons and students in the countries we work in.”
The event was organised by PCSO Nigel Smith, who is based in Newtown in Handsworth. He gathered Police Officers and local school teachers who took part in the event to raise funds for a number of local and national charities.
For more information about The Donkey Sanctuary and its Sanctuary from Suffering campaign, please telephone 01395 578222.