Mike Brampton of Thames Medical has pulled off another successful Tour de Vets fundraising event this year, with help from veterinary surgeons Alasdair Hotston Moore and Peter Dobromylskyj. All three transported their cycles to Scotland by train and then rode through the Scottish Highlands and islands delivering CPD to practices en route in return for donations to two charities that support veterinary professionals – Vetlife and Vet Trust.
Mike says: “We are so grateful to everyone that turned out to welcome us and helped make it an incredible trip. We were really lucky with the weather most of the time but knowing we were helping colleagues in difficulty helped to motivate us when it was raining. We managed to do 21 days on the bikes without any major injuries or needing to call Vetlife Helpline, and covered an average of 50 miles each day.
We are keeping our online donations page open until London Vet Show if anyone else would like to donate: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TDV3”
Donations collected at the CPD events total over £5,000 and will be split between the two charities. Vetlife provides free, independent and confidential support, to everyone in the veterinary community and Vet Trust works to advance continuing education for those who work with animals – mostly but not exclusively in Scotland.
Mervyn Drever, Vet Trust Chairman, met up with the team near the end of their epic journey and witnessed how well the event was supported: “Vet Trust are delighted to be receiving this donation which will help to support and provide continuing education to veterinary surgeons and nurses, especially those in rural and remote practice. This will include funding a CPD place for a Vetlife beneficiary at our annual Conference in Stirling.”
Geoff Little, Vetlife President, thanked Mike Brampton: “The event is quite a logistical feat so we really appreciate the effort that Mike and everyone else who cycled or took part in the CPD events put in and, as ever, we appreciate the loyal support that we get from the Scottish veterinary community.”