Chesterfield vets in practice for trek

Staff at Chapel House Vets are taking on the Coniston Advetnure challenge to raise money for guide dogs for the blind. Back L-R Jenny Gibbons, Rachael McCulloch, Joanne Smith. Front L-R Vicki Smith, Kirsty boam, Emma Rickers

Staff at Chapel House Vets are taking on the Coniston Advetnure challenge to raise money for guide dogs for the blind. Back L-R Jenny Gibbons, Rachael McCulloch, Joanne Smith. Front L-R Vicki Smith, Kirsty boam, Emma Rickers

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Champagne and plasters at the ready for the employees at a Chesterfield veterinary surgery who are taking on the Coniston Adventure Challenge.

A team of six from Chapel House Vets, on Hady Hill, will be competing in the gruelling trek which will see them completing a 10km hike, a 12km bike ride and do 3kms in a kayak all to raise money for The Guide Dogs For The Blind.

The charity is organising the event in Lake District over the weekend and the nurses and receptionists have been training for six months to be ready for it.

Jenny Gibbons, 33, who is a veterinary nurse at the surgery, said: “We have a lot of dealings with guide dogs and we know the wonderful work they do so we wanted to support the cause and challenge ourselves.”

There are nearly 4,800 guide dog owners in the UK and during its life it can cost around £50,000 to train and keep healthy and the charity receives no government funding.

Joining Jenny will be, Kirsty Boam, 23, Vicki Smith, 22, both of whom are nurses, Rachael McCulloch, 22, and Joanne Smith, 35, who are receptionists, and Emma Rickers, 24, a vet.

Jenny said: “We know someone who needs a guide dog and it gives him his freedom. He is able to go out to the shops and do what he wants when he wants because he has his dog and his independence and we want to help others have the same quality of life.”

So far the group has raised £3,330 by holding charity car washes and pub quizzes but for them this is the big event.

“All we want to do is finish it before dark,” said Jenny, “but we do have a bottle of champagne and plasters waiting for us at the finish line and I don’t know which one I’m more excited about.”

Donations can be made by texting CHVS99 followed by the amount to 70070 or by visiting www.justgiving.com/chvconiston15