Updated: Jun 26
Vets and vet nurses hike more than 100km across Snowdonia to raise vital funds for the charity Vetlife.
A group of vets and vet nurses have raised over £10,000 for veterinary charity Vetlife by completing a 5 day Snowdonia trek.
The group tackled tough terrain on the fund-raising trek that took them 117km across the Snowdonia Way to raise awareness for mental health burdens within the veterinary profession.
Vetlife is a UK based charity that provides 24 hour support to the veterinary community through its Helpline, Health Support and Financial Support services.
In 2020 the Helpline and Health Support services experienced around a 25% increase in demand during the pandemic, and 2021 has seen continued high levels of those veterinary professionals seeking support.
Vetlife treasurer Dr Horwood said:
“It was fantastic to get 20-plus vets and nurses together for a real challenge. The weather was kind, and we had some truly breathtaking experiences such as wild camping high up in the hills.
“After so long feeling isolated from each other, it was a wonderful five days getting together, talking and walking across the beautiful Welsh countryside, and to top it all off we raised an impressive sum to support the ongoing work of Vetlife – a charity we all hold dear.”
The trek was so successful, the group is already planning its next adventure for 2022. Robyn Lowe, Paul Horwood and Danny Chambers have also set up the Veterinary Voices Hiking Group with the aim to raise mental health awareness, encourage people to get out in the fresh air and to support the veterinary community in forging new connections and friendships through walking meet ups to tackle isolation and loneliness.
You can donate to Vetlife via the group’s fund-raising page.