Ayres Vet Hospital raises money for Support Dogs

Raymond Owen, a vet at Ayres Veterinary Hospital in North Shields, has raised almost £700 for support dogs by completing the Outlaw Ironman distance triathlon in Nottingham.

Mr Owen completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and full 26.2- mile marathon, in a time of 10 hours and 26 minutes, finishing 41st out of more than 1,000 entrants.

His feat is just one of a number of fund-raising activities planned this year by the Ayres team to raise funds for Support Dogs, a charity that aims to increase the independence and quality of life for people with medical conditions by training and supporting assistant dogs.

Ayres Veterinary Hospital is part of CVS and Support Dogs is its charity of the year. On September 13, vet Jane Amaku will tackle the Great North Run while Lisa Horsborough, receptionist, plans to climb Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain.

Joy Cook, receptionist at the Whitley Bay branch, who also runs Canine Academy, a dog training centre in North Shields, plans to host a veterinary-focused question time event. Ayres vet Anthony O’Mahony will be hands on to answer any questions.

Commenting on completing his event, Mr Owen said: “To finish in the top three per cent in my first long distance triathlon made training for between 10 and 15 hours a week for nine months worthwhile. It is a big commitment on top of full-time work, but it is important to have a focus outside work and I hope to do another similar event next year.

Anyone wishing to support the team’s fund-raising effort can donate online on it’s Justgiving pages or directly at the practice.