Agria Pet Insurance was delighted to present cheques to two charities recently thanks to some pedal-powered fundraising!
Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home and Medical Detection Dogs were nominated by Agria to support with their annual team cycling event, the Extra Mile Challenge. And what a challenge it was, with over 500 miles of the French countryside to cover in just three days. Two teams from Agria took part – one male, one female – in the event back in September.
Such a tough challenge attracted a whole host of sponsors; motivating the teams and resulting in a fantastic £2,343.75 being raised for these worthwhile causes.
Debbie Flint, Ambassador of Medical Detection Dogs (www.medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk), said, “We can’t thank the cycling teams at Agria enough for their support. Medical Detection Dogs is changing the lives of people with life-threatening conditions every day, but at a cost of £11,200 to train a medical alert assistance dog, and no government funding, we rely on donations to continue our ground-breaking work.”
Chief Executive at Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home (www.edch.org.uk), Howard Bridges, said, “Our first experience of Crufts ended on a high as we received a wonderful donation from our friends at Agria Pet Insurance from their tough cycle challenge! Every penny will go towards helping dogs and cats receive the care they deserve and find a forever home, and we are extremely grateful.”
Agria has a bit of a reputation for fundraising. This was the third year that Agria has taken part in the Extra Mile Challenge – and it’s just one of many charitable events that staff from the company are involved with every year, from Moon Walks to marathons. The insurer is also a long-term supporter of Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the Cat Welfare Trust, as well as Dogs for Good (formerly Dogs for the Disabled), supported via Agria Breeder Club.
Lorraine Tannatt Nash, Partnerships Manager at Agria and leader of the girls’ cycle team, said, “The Extra Mile Challenge is a really tough event, so supporting two such remarkable charities helped enormously. We were incredibly proud to present the money we’d raised to them and be able to play a small part in the life-changing work they do.”
Agria’s cycling teams are currently in training for the first event of 2016, the Mont Ventoux challenge. Find out more at http://www.agriapet.co.uk/medianews/