Dogs do their bit to help Cats Protection

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Around 30 dogs and their owners took part in a nine mile challenge in aid of the Arran branch of Cats Protection.

Organised by the walking group The Bay Kitty Strollers, in conjunction with Bay Pet Care, the challenge is a national fundraising event which organisations and individuals can complete to raise money for their local branch of Cats Protection.

The strollers group was organised by Pauline Reid-Adamson following a meeting she had with the Isle of Arran Cats Protection branch coordinator Linda Hartley at the beginning of the year. Pauline said: ‘I formed The Bay Kitty Strollers for people that wanted company while walking and I would often meet Julie Yeomans of Bay Pet Care while I was out. I wanted to do it because Linda had been so good with advising me on my two cats. Julia and I see how hard the branch works and we wanted to help in any way that we could.’

Over the past year Pauline has organised regular walks to prepare for the challenge. However, she thought that such a challenge might exclude many people and came up with idea of including a treasure hunt portion that would be accessible for people of all abilities.

A total of 18 Arran businesses supported the initiative and donated raffle prizes for people buying tickets and those taking part in the walks. A JustGiving page was set up and along with donations the total raised came to a splendid £1,260.

The challenge took place in lovely sunny weather with walkers setting of from the Co-op in Brodick, they then took in Glen Rosa and finished at Cladach where they were joined, after a brief respite for some well-earned lunch, by more walkers of all abilities. They then left Cladach heading for Fisherman’s walk and Brodick bay before finally ending the walk at the pier fish and chip shop, Hooked and Crooked, where they were all given a portion of chips, sponsored by the shop.

Linda Hartley said: ‘It was a fantastic fundraising event in which Pauline has gone the extra mile, not just in holding such an event, but I have watched and worked with her during the year and have seen her tireless efforts to raise sponsorship while organising and preparing for the event.

‘The branch is truly grateful for what Pauline has done and for all the donations made both by individuals and sponsors. Their help will go a long way in helping this branch and thus the cats on Arran. Thank you!’

Walkers prepare to set off on the treasure trail. No_B40kitty01

The Bay Kitty Strollers at the start of walk outside the Co-op No_B40kitty02

Organiser Pauline Reid-Adamson and her husband Charlie Adamson dressed for the occasion. No_B40kitty03

Walkers make their way along Fisherman’s Walk. No_B40kitty04