A Swindon charity that looks after and re-homes stray and needy dogs is set to benefit from the substantial and strenuous fund-raising efforts of local company CMS SupaTrak.
Staff from the West Swindon firm have raised £1,152.66 for SN Dogs after several of the team took part in Cycle Heroes 2017, a charity bike ride that has become an annual feature in the waste and logistics industry calendar, of which CMS SupaTrak are a leading business.
CMS’s not so super-fit cycling squad of Jason Airey, Damien Penman and Geert Vloedgraven cycled around 300 km from Ghent in Belgium to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
They were part of a team of 25 riders from several different businesses who undertook the three-day challenge which raised over £30,000 for various different good causes.
Jason Airey, MD of CMS, was the rider who suggested SN Dogs as the charity to benefit from CMS’s efforts this year.
Jason said: “My own dog Dino came to us via SN Dogs and he’s made such a difference to our family. Other members of staff at CMS have also adopted their dogs from them so SN Dogs has become an important organisation for us.
“Smaller and lesser-known charities do often find it difficult to raise much needed funds so we decided this year that our industry cycle ride should benefit a small Swindon charity.
"SN Dogs was such an obvious choice for us and we knew that whatever we managed to raise would make a big difference to the lives of other dogs in need”.
Clare Fantini-Stephens of SNDogs said: We are absolutely thrilled at the amount that has been raised and would like to say a big thank you to Jason and the team for fundraising for us.
"At this time of the year funds get short so this money has come at a very good time and will be used mainly for vets fees for the dogs currently in our care and those about to come into our care.”
Formerly named Swindon’s Needy Dogs the charity was set up to help dogs in the Swindon pound. The charity now also takes in dogs from outside of Swindon, as well as from abroad and its objective is to work towards a long term solution for Swindon’s ‘needy dogs’ through support, guidance and advice for new owners.
The organisation works with Swindon Borough Council and other agencies and charities to improve the lives of Swindon’s dogs in needs.