Animal charity’s ‘marathon’ appeal

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Running enthusiasts in Aberdeenshire are being urged to contact Scotland’s animal welfare charity to secure only two remaining places available for the 2012 Virgin London Marathon.

The Scottish SPCA is offering runners the opportunity of a lifetime to experience one of the world’s largest running events while supporting Scotland’s unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals.

The race is notoriously difficult to get an entry for and with charity places closing tomorrow (Friday) this could be the final chance for people to take part.

The charity is inviting active local people to take up the challenge of running 26.2 miles while making a real difference to the lives of animals like Winter.

Winter was found dumped by the side of a busy road on Christmas Day. The elderly dog could easily have been hit by a car and killed but thankfully he was rescued by the Scottish SPCA and he has since been found a new home with a loving family.

Graeme Innes, manager at the Scottish SPCA’s Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Drumoak, Banchory, said, “We have a huge amount of respect for anyone who sets themselves the goal of training for and running a marathon, it’s a massive achievement.

“By taking part in fundraising events like this, people are helping us to care for more unwanted, abandoned and neglected animals.

“We don’t receive any Government or lottery funding which means we rely on the public to be able to continue our work rescuing and rehoming animals in desperate need of our help.

“Anyone who takes a Scottish SPCA charity place at the London Marathon will be helping save lives.”

People only have until tomorrow to claim their place. Visit or telephone 03000 999 999 and ask for Sharon Meiklejohn, the organisation’s community fundraiser.