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Four supporters of Munlochy Animal Aid are going to paddle on a loch near Glen Affric for 24 hours to raise money

By Imogen James

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The group on their first training day.
The group on their first training day.

ROHAN Andrews, Shirley Maddocks, Jules Burnard and Haley Brown each have a connection to Munlochy Animal Aid (MAA) and wanted to support the cause.

MAA rehomes and rescues pets in need and between the group – who are aiming to raise £1500 – have adopted at least four dogs.

The charity is not able to run the annual summer fete which usually acts as a big fundraiser, so the four supporters wanted to do what they could in a different way.

Ms Maddocks works at the charity and said she sees daily the positive work that it does.

She added: “MAA is important for the TLC of all animals great and small, including veterinary treatment, finding loving new homes and for helping people who need support with their pets.”

The group on their first training day.
The group on their first training day.

Ms Andrews said: “It was Munlochy Animal Aid that gave me the chance to adopt working springer spaniels and give them a happy home in their retirement years. It’s great to give my time and overcome a personal challenge, all with the aim of raising as much as I can for Munlochy Animal Aid”

They will take to the waters from August 9-10, staying 24 hours on their canoes and paddle board.

The group, who have all got water experience using canoes and said they are looking forward to the camaraderie of working together as a team to achieve the challenge.

However, they are not looking forward to trying to keep going for the full time and think it will be hard to stay awake. Mr Burnard said he does not want to drift off as “it’s only a wobble away from a dip when you are on a paddle board!”

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