Hadrian’s Wall Charity Challenge for CVS

A team from CVS UK is in training to take on the Hadrian’s Wall Challenge on 26 September 2015. Team members are aiming to raise £2,000 for Support Dogs, CVS’ charity of the year, by trekking the 25 miles from Lanercost Priory in Cumbria to Brocolitia, an ancient Roman fort, in Northumbria. Barry Brackner, Marketing and Commercial Director, and Helen Wiseman, HR Director, are in the team, which includes veterinary staff from across the UK.Support Dogs is a national charity dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with medical conditions by training and supporting specialist assistance dogs. It currently trains Autism Assistance Dogs, Disability Assistance Dogs and Seizure Alert Dogs.

Commenting, Barry Brackner said: “Our Hadrian’s Wall challenge is just one of many fundraising activities being undertaken by staff across the business this year in aid of Support Dogs. We’re aiming to raise £20,000 in total.

“The 25 mile trek will be tough but we all enjoy the outdoor life with our own dogs and the stunning scenery and history in the ruins will make it a great experience. We’re planning a few shorter walks during the Summer to prepare ourselves – so bring it on!”

Rita Howson, Chief Executive at Support Dogs, added: “Support Dogs has a truly life- changing impact on all those we help and, as a result, we are experiencing an overwhelming demand for our work with a plea for help coming in every ten hours. We’re delighted to be CVS’ charity of the year and wish all the walkers well for their trek along Hadrian’s Wall!”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the CVS team can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/Barry-Brackner/

Key to its success is CVS’ ability to attract ambitious veterinary staff whilst continuing to invest in the development of their clinical skills and in research to drive the profession forward. It also provides the business support to ensure its diverse range of small animal, large animal and equine practices achieve their full potential. CVS’ guiding principles include a commitment to excellence in all aspects of its work and a focus on building long-term relationships with its customers and suppliers. The company works in close partnership with the wider veterinary profession and industry colleagues.