First up was James, who started working for the charity in August this year as Marketing Assistant. He does the local Abbots Langley Tough Ten every year, where runners have to overcome steep hills as part of the 10k distance.
James recently shared his feedback on the experience: “My first impressions of working at NAWT were so good, that I decided to choose them to fundraise for this year”.
“Every colleague I have worked with so far (including both staff and volunteers) is very passionate about providing homeless animals with the best possible future.”
“Personally I have always loved animals myself, I have fond memories of my former pets – a golden cocker spaniel called Eddie and a white cat called Herbert”. These two were recently featured in NAWT’s 2019 mental health blog post.
“They gave me so much happiness, so I’m proud to fundraise for a charity that is giving more people these warm feelings.”
James managed to raise £238.00 after receiving 19 donations from family and friends. He was able to complete the 10k in 50 minutes and 22 seconds, which he was delighted with! His Just Giving page can be found here.
Seven days later, our Fundraising Assistant Rachel took on the Oxford Half Marathon.
“I’ve worked at NAWT for 10 years, so thought fundraising and taking on the Oxford Half would be a great way to celebrate and to remember the pets we have rehomed over the years”.
“My husband and I have homed two dogs, one cat, and fostered one cat for his end of life care from NAWT. They have all been a joy to have as part of our family, and as heartbreaking as it is when we lose them, we're so pleased to have given them their 2nd chance.”
The family’s current pet is an 11 ½-year-old crossbreed dog. “I’ve only homed the older pets, I can’t imagine the chaos a puppy or kitten would bring! The older pets enjoy keeping me company whilst I work from home and love cuddling up on the sofa when my 7-year-old comes in from school”.
On taking on the Oxford Half Marathon, Rachel said “it rained so much! Some of the road was completely covered in puddles, but everyone really enjoyed it and the atmosphere was amazing”.
“I’m so grateful to everyone who donated to NAWT, their support kept me going through training and made sure I got to the starting line”.
“Having never run that far before, I was really nervous, but knowing people were supporting NAWT was all the encouragement I needed to keep putting one foot in front of the other”.
Rachel’s Just Giving page can be found here, she says her shoes still haven’t dried out!
If you would like to take on a fundraising event and join #TeamNAWT, see our latest blog on 2020 fundraising places.