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Man to scoot from Land's End to John O'Groats for Dogs Trust
"Dogs are more than just a pet, they become your life and Eddy was mine" - Lee Nicolaou.

Lee Nicolaou is fundraising in memory of his dog Eddy.

A man from Bournemouth is taking on a 'wheely' tough challenge to raise money for Dogs Trust.

Lee Nicolaou is kick scootering from Land's End to John O'Groats in memory of his beloved dog Eddy, who passed away last year from cancer aged 12. 

Lee will travel the entire 965 miles to on his kick scooter, with an aim to scoot the entire length of the country in 13 days – that's a gruelling 75 miles each day.

When Eddy died, Lee decided to buy a kick scooter to help keep himself busy and distract himself from the grief. Discovering that he really enjoyed his new hobby, Lee realised that he could use it to fundraise and commemorate Eddy.

“Dogs are more than just a pet, they become your life and Eddy was mine,” said Lee, explaining his motivation for the challenge.

“The experience of losing Eddy made me think about all the dogs that aren’t as lucky as he was to be loved unconditionally and have a lovely and fulfilled life. 

“He gave me so much love and joy and I want to try and help even just one of the dogs in Dogs Trust’s care, so they too can enjoy a life filled with love.” 

Hoping to raise £1,000 for Dogs Trust, Lee will begin his kick scooter challenge on Wednesday 1 June 2022, and Dogs Trust Salisbury, Lee's local rehoming centre, will be sharing updates on Lee's journey on Instagram and Twitter.

Dogs Trust Salisbury's manager, Claire Rowe, said: “This is quite a challenge that Lee is taking on, and we’re really looking forward to following his incredible journey. 

“We’re so grateful that Lee has chosen to support us, it’s very much appreciated by the Dogs Trust team and of course our dogs. 

“The funds raised will go towards helping us care for the dogs, including treats and training, and to find their forever families.”

Donations to Lee's fundraising effort can be made on his justgiving page here.


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