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5K in Memory of Gentle Giant, “Lee Long Legs”

5K IN MEMORY OF GENTLE GIANT, “LEE LONG LEGS”

Stacey is taking part in Dog Jog Middlesbrough in memory of her brother Lee, who sadly took his own life in March 2017.

“Lee left behind many people who loved and cared for him. He was a gentle giant”, Stacey said.

Her dog, Gunner, will be by her side as she runs for Campaign Against Miserable Living (CALM). CALM is a charity dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

In 2015, 75% of all UK suicides were male.

Speaking about Lee, Stacey said, “He was a real man, he provided and did right by his family. I think men hide their feelings, they protect us despite what they are going through, and that is why I chose CALM.”

Gunner has always been there for Stacey, especially through the hard times.

“Through everything that happened, he was my support that never left my side. I was never alone.”

Stacey hopes that her fundraising can raise awareness for people in a similar situation to her brother.

“I feel nothing that I say would give him the justice his memory deserves. All I know is if I can prevent this happening to someone else, then I will try, I will always be there because I couldn’t be there for him.”
 
Stacey is currently studying counselling and hopes to assist in any way she can once her degree is finished.

“I hope to progress my degree in counselling. My main aim is to help and support suicide awareness, suicide prevention and support after suicide.”

Dog Jog Middlesbrough takes place on Sunday 21st October at Albert Park and provides a brilliant opportunity for runners to accomplish their personal goals with their dogs; whether raising money for a worthwhile cause or simply keeping fit.

Dog Jogs are all about a friendly, relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone involved with no time limits or pressure. Each participant will receive a Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both runner and dog to enjoy once they cross the finish line. There’s no other event like it in the UK.

To support Stacey and Gunner’s 5K challenge for CALM and to read more about their story please visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dogjogleeoneill

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5K Dog Jog for Third World Animal Welfare

5K DOG JOG FOR THIRD WORLD ANIMAL WELFARE

Hannah Parr and her 5 year old Border Collie Ralph are taking on their Dog Jog 5K challenge at Willen Lake on Sunday in aid of SFT Animal Sanctuary in Tangier, Morocco.

Hannah volunteered for the sanctuary back in September 2017 and will soon return for the foreseeable future this September. “It was something I’d always dreamed of doing, but I could still not have prepared myself for how much this place would completely steal my heart” Hannah explained.

SFT is run by a small dedicated team and the sanctuary is currently home to over 500 animals including over 300 dogs, 120 cats, 30 donkeys and many more. Many have been injured, abandoned and abused before being rescued.

The sanctuary also cares for strays living on the streets which they treat, vaccinate, neuter and tag.

“It completely opened my eyes to the problems of animal welfare in third world countries like Morocco”.

During her time spent there, Hannah got stuck in with all kinds of volunteering activities.

She explained “I was involved in everything from cuddling all of the animals, to picking up poop and cleaning out enclosures. I also ventured out some days to visit the tagged strays and feed them and make sure they were well”.

The sanctuary is in desperate need of funding and support to continue their vital work and Hannah is doing her best to help.

“Since returning I have been doing lots of admin, press and social media work to help raise awareness of SFT.”

“I was also looking for an activity to take part in to raise money for the sanctuary and when I found out about Dog Jog I thought there was no better way to raise money for a charity which is home to so many dogs in need!”.

Dog Jog Milton Keynes takes place on Sunday 2nd September at Willen Lake and provides a brilliant opportunity for runners to accomplish their personal goals with their dogs; whether raising money for a worthwhile cause or simply keeping fit.

As of yet, the sanctuary receives no government funding and relies solely on generous donations of individuals.

Dog Jogs are all about a friendly, relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone involved with no time limits or pressure. Each participant will receive a Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both runner and dog to enjoy once they cross the finish line. There’s no other event like it in the UK.

“I’m definitely not a runner, and this will be a struggle for me, but I’m putting those feelings aside to run 5K for this amazing charity”.

The events are also a great way for participants to raise money for a charity they really care about, whether it be a dog-related charity or otherwise.

“I’m feeling nervous but positive and I know that Ralph will keep me going every step of the way as he is much fitter than me!”.

Entries are still open for the event on Sunday. To find out more and enter, visit https://www.dogjog.co.uk/milton-keynes/.

To support Hannah and Ralph’s fundraising for SFT Animal Sanctuary in Tangier visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sftanimalsanctuary.

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Dog Jog for Ovarian Cancer Research

DOG JOG FOR OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH

On 19th April 2018, Katie Eagleton lost her mum Louise after a short battle with ovarian cancer aged only 66.

“She was an amazing wife, a perfect mum and a super nanny. Loving, selfless and kind we miss her more than words can say” Katie said.

Louise suffered from symptoms including acute constipation and severe abdominal bloating which were treated by her local GP prior to her diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

Every year 7,300 women in the UK are diagnosed with ovarian cancer with two thirds of women diagnosed once the cancer has already spread.

Katie’s family are raising money together for Target Ovarian Cancer in memory of Louise and are completing a range of fundraising activities.

Target Ovarian Cancer are the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity who work tirelessly to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer.

“My oldest friend Ellie asked friends and family to donate to our chosen charity for her 40th birthday celebrations rather than receiving gifts and my dad has put himself forward as Vice president of the pensioners group at his golf club to influence the charity they will support this year” Katie explained.

Katie is completing 5k in Dog Jog in Maidstone’s Mote Park alongside her 4 year old cocker spaniel Bailey.

5k is a personal challenge for Katie as she has worked hard to overcome her own illness, MS.

“MS is a dark cloud over my head and it has been a long road for me where at times I was unable to walk, feel my legs or feel temperature”.

“I had put on more than 3 and a half stone and I was very lethargic and tired all the time. I’ve lost over 40lbs to date”.

Katie’s canine running buddy Bailey has been a huge support in her health and fitness journey.

“He’s the reason for my improved fitness; we run around Mote Park three times a week as well as walk the other days” Katie said.

“I live in fear that my MS will flare up and I will lose all that I have achieved to date but Bailey is an amazing support. If I get tired he is equally happy to lay down and have a rest with me”.

To support Katie and Bailey’s 5k challenge to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in memory of Louise please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/katie-eagleton2

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Duo’s Dog Jog for 6VT Youth Cafe

DUO’S DOG JOG FOR 6VT YOUTH CAFE

Dale Wilkinson from Edinburgh is taking part in Dog Jog Edinburgh in July to say thank you 6VT Youth Cafe in Edinburgh and raise money to support their Cairn Project which supports young victims of crime.

Dale explained: “I first visited 6VT when I was just 14 years old. I’d gone through a difficult time as a young person and found a safe, welcoming space there. I started living at Edinburgh’s Drummond Street when I when I was 16 and was suddenly responsible for managing and running a household”.

He went on to describe the incredible support he received from 6VT.

“6VT’s support at this time was immeasurable. An elderly relative of one of the staff members had passed away and as such, I was offered their basic household goods which enabled me to set up home. As well as this, I benefited from a course they provided – Keysteps, that helps young people gain the necessary skills required when living independently.

How do you pay a bill if you never have? How do you cook basic meals? How do you keep yourself safe and be a responsible tenant? 6VT was a great source of support at a crucial time in my early life and showed me how” he said.

In 2013, to show his thanks to 6VT, Dale ran the Edinburgh Marathon and raised funds to help other young people in need.

“I am now very excited to be running Dog Jog with another of 6VT’s success stories – Skylar!”

Lacing his running shoes once again, Dale is running 5k at Edinburgh’s Dog Jog in July alongside his canine companion, 7 year old Collie Skylar.

The Dog Jog Series provides a brilliant opportunity for runners to accomplish their personal goals with their dogs; whether raising money for a worthwhile cause or simply keeping fit.

Dog Jogs are all about a friendly, relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone involved with no time limits or pressure. Each participant will receive a Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both runner and dog to enjoy once they cross the finish line. There’s no other event like it in the UK.

The events are also a great way for participants to raise money for a charity they really care about, whether it be a dog-related charity or otherwise.

Having faced a difficult start in life herself Skylar found herself homeless and in need of a new home. She finally found her forever home in the care of two families, one member of which works with 6VT.

“Skylar goes to 6VT a couple of times a month and spends her time with teenagers at the drop in, where young people talk about difficult times and how this affects them trusting people. She is then in great demand for big hugs!”

“She also occasionally attends the toddler group 6VT run and has also been out on “walk and talk” sessions which involves a member of staff going out for a walk with a young person to talk over issues they might be experiencing. Skylar is a calming and cuddly distraction for them” Dale said.

Dog Jog comes to Edinburgh on Sunday 29th July. Entries are open now. For more information and to enter, visit the website: www.dogjog.co.uk/edinburgh/.

“Not having the best start in life can hurt but we’re both proof that life can get better and we want to help others too”.

To read more about Dale and Skylar’s story and donate, please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/skylardale

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Melissa and Bailey’s Dog Jog for the Love of Beagles

MELISSA & BAILEY’S DOG JOG FOR THE LOVE OF BEAGLES

Melissa and Bailey, her 4 year old Beagle, have entered Dog Jog in Southampton to fundraise for Beagle Welfare as a thank you to the charity who brought them together.

Bailey found himself in the care of Beagle Welfare after a very difficult and turbulent start in life. “Beagle Welfare do outstanding work for beagles in need, from ex-laboratory dogs to puppy farms and everything in between – their work is immeasurable”. Melissa explained.

Melissa’s family have another Beagle named Ben and adopted Bailey in September 2015 to complete their pack . “Bailey is one of the best things to happen to us” Melissa explained. “He has changed our lives in many ways and him and his brother adore each other.”

Having found his forever home, Bailey has settled in well and enjoys an active lifestyle with his family. “He has an amazingly sweet and bouncy personality and he makes us laugh and smile every single day”.

Explaining why they are taking part in Dog Jog for Beagle Welfare Melissa said: “We want to do what we can to say thank you for bringing Bailey into our lives and to support them in doing everything they can for the Beagles. Bailey says arooooo!””

Good luck to this paw-fect pair! To support Melissa and Bailey’s fundraising for Beagle Welfare visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/melissaandbailey

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#GivingTuesday – A Global Movement

#GIVINGTUESDAY – A GLOBAL MOVEMENT

We’re grateful, humbled and proud that our event provides a fundraising platform for so many runners each year. Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together.

Sean McAllister ran this year for our official charity partner Cancer Research UK, here is his story:

‘Cancer is a subject very close to my heart. When I lost my dad, I lost my best friend. It’s a horrible illness and I would like to do anything I can to prevent others going through what my dad, myself and my family went through during his illness.

At the beginning the prognosis was positive, as they believed the cancer was only in the prostate. A further scan showed something the doctor described as “suspicious” on his liver. But they focussed on treating the prostate, initially with hormone treatment and later with chemotherapy, resolving to revisit the liver after the chemotherapy was complete.

My dad only managed three sessions of chemo and there were further complications. His health went downhill rapidly and sadly throughout his illness he was in a lot of pain. When tests showed it was terminal the doctor said he had possibly six to eight weeks, but he died seven days later at home surrounded by his family.

This year was my first experience of fundraising, but I am looking to do more in the future. I felt a lot of pride running so close to the passing of my dad. It was a great way to remember him; the devoted, hardworking, family man.’

Cancer Research UK is dedicated to finding kinder, more effective treatments for cancer. If you’ve been inspired, why not make your next challenge really count by signing up to run for charity at a Dog Jog near you in 2018 when entries open. Click here to find out more.

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