Heath Vets Hike For Hounds
Lead Vet, Emily Chadburn and some of the Team from Heath vets in Burgess Hill and Hurstpierpoint had challenged themselves to walk 25 miles from Beachy Head to Brighton Marina to raise money for the Brighton and Hove Retired Greyhound Trust.
This local independent charity works tirelessly finding the right homes for greyhounds who are retiring from their racing career. Emily has worked with greyhounds for nearly fifteen years and is passionate about promoting them as perfect pets. “I would encourage anyone thinking about their next dog to consider rehoming a retired greyhound. They are such gentle, calm dogs and often surprisingly lazy – much preferring to lounge on the sofa than go on long walks.”
On the day of the walk the 6 intrepid walkers (Emily, Lucy, Sarah, Fern, Rachel and Carole) set off from Beachy Head car park just after 6am and were thrilled to have completed the Seven Sisters and reach Cuckmere Haven in record time. After a short refuelling stop they continued up the river to Alfriston where they were greeted by greyhounds Matt, Sally and Wallace along with their owners who had kindly come out to cheer on the team.
From Alfriston it was back up onto the Downs, avoiding the paragliders at Bo Peep and then over Firle Beacon before descending down again to cross the Ouse at Southease station. The ladies were very grateful to the YHA South Downs for providing an unexpected but very welcome toilet and drinks stop.
One more climb took the tired but determined hikers up through the secluded village of Telscombe before returning to the coast at Saltdean.
The final stretch of the walk followed the undercliff walkway along to Rottingdean where the walkers tracked down a troop of greyhounds in a local pub. Here the dogs were treated to leftover roast chicken, especially saved for them by the lovely Landlords. The walkers and supporters enjoyed a swift drink and shared some of Carole and Emily’s fabulous Seven Sisters birthday cake (they’re celebrating 100 years between them this year).
The Team were then fortified to walk the final few miles, accompanied by several of the supporting greyhounds along the seafront and through the Marina the finish the walk. Sarah Solomon, practice owner of Heath Vets was delighted that the whole team had made it to the finish line “The weather couldn’t have been better on the day and it has been a real team effort. We couldn’t have done this without our support crew Iain, Dean and James providing food and supplies along the way. It has been a fantastic experience and to have Dolly and the greyhounds from the rehoming kennel community here to meet us at the finish line is a real boost. The donations we have received will make the blisters and sore legs all worthwhile. We are thrilled to have already beaten our target of £1000”
If you would like to support the ladies at Heath Vets and donate to help ensure more greyhounds find their perfect retirement home, please follow the link https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/heathhikeforhounds
Or pop into either of the surgeries where we will have collection tins for until the end of the month.