David McKevitt and Connor Dawson will set off on their mammoth nine-day bike ride on Saturday 25 April. After leaving from the National Cat Adoption Centre in Sussex they will cycle up the country to John O’Groats, Scotland, cheered along the route by teams from Cats Protection.
|David and Connor in their cycling gear|
The cat-loving family includes four three-year-old cats; Sebastian, Mia, Link and Zelda. But it was the sorry state of Buddy, a beautiful black-and-white, which prompted the bike ride.
|Buddy the cat who needed the family's help|
"That’s when a neighbour told us about Buddy’s owner, who had passed away at his home and lay undiscovered for over a week. The reason for Buddy's unusual behaviour became clear and our hearts went out to him, so we started putting out extra food and leaving our cat flap open.
“We were thinking that we might adopt him but our cats were not happy with Buddy being around. That's when we made contact with Cats Protection to explain his situation. I managed to catch Buddy and, one morning after feeding him well, I took him in.
|David and Connor with one of the family cats|
Danielle Draper, Manager of Cats Protection’s National Cat Adoption Centre, said: “It is amazing when people are so willing to push their limits to raise much-needed cash for Cats Protection.
“It costs a great deal to help around 200,000 cats in care at our centres and branches every year, so we are always appreciative of any contributions, large or small. Without people like David and Connor, we couldn’t do what we need to do and Buddy could still be fending for himself on the streets. So we will be waving them off with our very best wishes.”
To donate to the challenge, visit David and Connor’s JustGiving page. You can also track their progress via their Facebook page.
To find out how to take part in your own challenge event to raise money for Cats Protection, visit www.cats.org.uk/support-us/events/challenge-events