An RSPCA worker is taking on a whopping 14 challenges to raise money for abandoned and mistreated animals.
Helen Tuite, who works as a community fundraiser at the RSPCA Animal Centre and Hospital in Birmingham, is aiming to raise £2,014 for the charity by tackling challenges including four half marathons and two triathlons.
Helen’s £2014 challenge is all about the number 14 – as well as taking on 14 challenges, she is also asking people to donate £14 towards the cause.
“That’s just £1 per event – a bargain considering the fact that I have never taken part in a triathlon before,” Helen, who went to St Peter’s Catholic School, said.
“I can see first hand how hard everyone works here (RSPCA) and I can guarantee that every penny they receive goes towards the welfare of all the abandoned and ill treated animals that come through our doors.”
Helen’s final event will be the Great Birmingham Run on October 19, where she will be looking for 49 people to run with her.
“We need 50 people in Team RSPCA Birmingham, so anyone who wants to take part, please let me know. I am also looking for corporate sponsorship,” Helen added. To tackle this amount of challenges, Helen has been training six days a week. “My training consists of two lots of running, cycling and swimming each week, so I only get one day off.”
* Helen is also trying to rehome one of the latest additions to the centre, a four-year-old dog Moo, who has been at the centre since December.
After her initial shyness, she has proved to be one of the sweetest natured dogs here and is very affectionate with people and gets on with other dogs. If anyone would like to give Moo a new, loving home, they can contact the centre on 0300 123 8585.
If you would like to sponsor Helen, you can go to http://choices.rspca.org.uk/appeal/helens-2014-challenge