Posted 3 months ago ago
A 73-year-old man has dug out his hiking boots to walk 500 miles around the north coast of Scotland in aid of Dogs Trust.
Roger Phillips, from Aberaeron, Wales, is raising money for Dogs Trust after fostering dogs from the charity.
Mr Phillips, an RAF aircrew veteran, began his journey on May 17 from the village of Lochcarron, and is walking around 20 miles a day over 30 days until he reaches his 500 mile goal.
He has posted regular updates on his fundraising site, and has already passed 350 miles. Dog-lovers he’s met along the way have added to his funds, with many offering messages of support along with their spare change.
“I have always owned rescue dogs, and I found fostering for Dogs Trust Bridgend incredibly rewarding,” he said.
“I fostered a dog called Lexi and saw how an anxious dog gradually grew to trust me with a little love and patience.
“The pandemic has affected many charities, but when I heard that Dogs Trust was concerned about the many dogs that may be given up in the fallout of the pandemic, I really wanted to raise money so they can continue to be there for the dogs that need them.”
Mr Phillips has so far raised £360 for Dogs Trust, with an aim to raise £500 in total.
Holly Grant, community fundraising officer at Dogs Trust, said: “What Roger is doing to raise money for us is incredible and we are so grateful.
“As Roger says, we are predicting more dogs will need our help in the coming months and with the amazing support from supporters like him, we can ensure we’re there for them until they find their forever homes.”
To see donations to Dogs Trust, visit Mr Phillips' fundraising page.