Posted 48d ago
A recently married couple have traded in sightseeing the pyramids on their honeymoon for climbing up Snowdon to help raise money for Birmingham Dogs Home.
Georgia and Stuart Marlow, who live in Tipton, are raising money for the healing hearts campaign to go towards a new in-house veterinary clinic for the dogs home.
The couple wants to help out the charity after they adopted their five-year-old Boxweiler, called Buster, from the home in 2018.
Birmingham Dogs Home has a target of £100,000 to reach so the clinic can open in October, so the pair have arranged to climb Snowdon on September 25.
"We would like to try and raise £500. We won't be able to take Buster with us because he had to have a leg operation two years ago, but we are always out walking," said Georgia.
"We have never done anything this big before, so it's a pretty big deal for us. We have got seven weeks to go so every weekend we are going to do hikes."
Teaching assistant Georgia married Stuart, an engineer, in May this year.
Sadly the couple’s plans to celebrate their nuptials on a honeymoon were ruined as the holiday was cancelled due to Covid restrictions.
Georgia, 25, who was supposed to jet off to Egypt with her new husband on August 2, added: "We were meant to be going on our honeymoon, but now we are going on camping trips and hikes to prepare ourselves for Snowdon."
Image by Bohemian Rose Photography: Georgia, Stu and Buster
In a message on their Gofundme page, Georgia wrote: "Veterinary care is one of the biggest ongoing costs for our BDH. The home cares for over 2,500 dogs every year.
"BDH accepts every dog that needs its help, no matter their condition. Many of the dogs that are brought into the team’s care are strays, which means that they are often malnourished, or have suffered some form of neglect or abuse.
"In 2020, the home spent over £230,000 on essential medical care. The home is a non-profit organisation, meaning that it does not receive any government funding and is entirely reliant on the generosity of the public.
"By running its own veterinary clinic, this will significantly reduce the cost of vet bills, as well as enabling the home to better manage both emergency cases and the ongoing physical health of the dogs it cares for on a daily basis."
Fi Harrison, head of fundraising for Birmingham Dogs Home added: “We are so delighted that Georgia and Stuart are raising money for Birmingham Dogs Home’s Healing Hearts appeal by taking on this challenge – they really are going the extra mile and uphill, to help our charity.
“After adopting their beloved dog Buster from BDH, this dog-loving couple have been determined to keep helping as many Midlands dogs as they can.
“By undertaking this climb, they are raising money to help us to build our own much-needed in-house veterinary clinic, so we can help as many ‘pawly pooches’ as we can.
“We launched our Healing Hearts appeal to raise £100,000, to buy all of the equipment we will need, in June and have raised nearly a third already.
“We hope to be able to open the new clinic in October this year.
“We are hugely grateful to Georgia and Stuart for their amazing support and to everyone who is sponsoring them.”
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