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2021 virtual challenge

Why not take on a virtual challenge and help the Raystede rescue animals?

The pandemic has meant we are relying on our supporters more than ever to help us take care of the animals at our centre. Whilst we were closed to visitors we were losing £1,000 every day and yet more and more animals are in need of rescuing. By signing up to one of the Lockdown Challenges below, you can raise vital sponsorship for Raystede and together we can give the animals that need us a better life.

During lockdown you could enjoy your exercise time by setting yourself a training goal and signing up to one of the Raystede virtual challenges. Let us know what you've signed up to by completing this link and in the 'comments' field putting the name of your virtual lockdown challenge. After signing up to do an event for us you will receive:

  • A Raystede welcome pack
  • A Raystede sporty T-shirt
  • Support leading up to your challenge
  • Be considered for our 2021 Fundraiser of the Year awards

It's definitely chilly out there at the moment, so why not take on the Mount Everest Virtual Challenge. The Mount Everest Virtual Challenge takes you through an incredible 40miles (64 km) journey to the summit of the highest peak in the world. Each time you complete a distance-based exercise such as running, walking, cycling, swimming, etc you advance along the map of Mount Everest.

Entry is £24.95 and after signing up you could set up a Justgiving page to raise money for Raystede. (All donations get automatically transferred to us.) Did you know that every £100 you raise could buy a month's worth of food, toys and medication for one of our kennel dogs who are patiently waiting for a new home.

After signing up you will receive: entry into the challenge, a Raystede sporty T-shirt, virtual postcards along the way. You can track your progress on a mobile app, see a street view of your virtual location, and receive a digital certificate and stunning medal on completion of the challenge.

Other virtual challenges include completing the English Channel, which is 21 miles. The Inca Trail, which is 26 miles, Hadrian's Wall, which is 90 miles, or The Grand Canyon, which is 280 miles. There are many more options which you can choose from by clicking this link. You can set your own time limit for completing the challenge and we are very grateful for any sponsorship you raise. Every £150 you raise ould help heat Raystede for a day to make sure that all the animals are kept warm?

Is your canine companion by your side during lockdown? Why not take on a challenge for Raystede with them by signing up to the Top Dog Virtual Challenge. You could take on the Top Dog virtual Canicross challenge and run it where and when you like, whether that’s out on the road, on an off road trail or in your back garden! You could run for 5k, 10k, or a half marathon.

Entry is £17.50 and after signing up you will receive a Raystede sporty top and on completion of your challenge a huge 100mm shiny medal, a pair of running socks and an awesome certificate. (All you need to do is complete your chosen distance in a single day and then submit your evidence - like data from your smart watch / tracker or an app you use to track your running. A simple screen shot or picture is just fine.) To set up your own Justgiving page to raise money for the rescue animals at Raystede click here. Every £60 you raise could help provide the gift of veterinary care for one animal.

For the horse riders or cyclists out there, why not take part in our Ride Out For Raystede challenge? You could sign up with your child and have it as a special lockdown activity for the two of you to do together? You can ride in any location and for any distance during a time-frame that suits you. Horse riders will receive a special 'Ride 4 Raystede' hi vis tabard and a rosette on completion of the challenge and cyclists will receive a medal and certificate. To read more about taking on our Ride Out For Raystede virtual challenge and to sign up follow this link.

Every £50 you raise could help pay for a dentist visit for one of our equines!

For more virtual challenge ideas you could visit this link or you could create your own. Whatever challenge you decide to do in your lockdown, we will support you. If you create your own challenge, we will be sure to send you your very own Raystede sporty top and medal to congratulate you.

If you have any questions, would like more information on any of the above challenges, or you'd like to chat to us about your virtual fundraising idea, you can email fundraising@raystede.org or phone us on 01825 840747.

Whatever you decide to do you, you will be helping us take care of animals like Elsa below.

We met Elsa when she was just 15 months old. Born in a shed and kept outside her whole life, with no chance to socialise with other dogs, she was scared; constantly on edge, nervous about every aspect of life. She totally lacked confidence and was constantly worried about where she was.

Elsa needed time and a lot of patience from us. Slowly, Elsa began to improve and enjoy her food more. We supported her as she chose to begin exploring the world outside her kennel. Gradually she stopped being the terrified dog we had first met and started to become the active, friendly young dog she should be.

Elsa shows that, with the right care and support, we can completely change a dog’s life. Without supporters like you raising vital sponsorship for us and keeping our centre running, helping animals like Elsa would not be possible!

Your kind donation helps us to rescue and care for more animals in need.

We rely on your support to save animal's lives & do the work we do.

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