A CHESTER hotel waved off ten motorcycle mad vets as they set off on a 1,000 mile motorbike marathon.
The challenge will hopefully see them raise a massive £60,000 for SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad), a riding centre for disabled children in Mali, Western Africa.
Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel in Ledsham is supporting the team with a complimentary night’s stay and hearty breakfast before they set for their tour.
The ten British equine vets set off on a week long motorcycle ride on July 26 visiting seven British vet schools, beginning in Liverpool and concluding in Glasgow.
The group of leading veterinary professionals will impart their expertise to the students at each of the schools on their tour.
Established 10 years ago, SPANA was developed in response to the devastating conditions disabled children in Mali are subjected to due to the extreme financial difficulty of the country.
The centre provides horse riding as an activity to improve the children’s quality of life along with toys, clothing, hair braiding and physiotherapy.
The tour has already raised £26,000 - however, their target of £60,000 will ensure SPANA Disabled Riding Centre can be sustained by specifically contributing to safer transport for the children traveling between orphanages and the centre.
Darryl Holdnall, general manager of Macdonald Craxton Wood Hotel, said: “When Derek contacted us back in the spring we were keen to support such a worthwhile event. The challenges the team are setting themselves to maintain the centre in Mali is extraordinary.”
To support the team please visit www.justgiving.co.uk/horsepowercpd and make a donation towards the ‘getting together for good’ campaign.