Clitheroe veterinary receptionist Alicia Butler will take part in the challenge of a lifetime in July, spending five days canoeing down the Zambezi river in aid of a cause very close to her heart.
The Blue Cross Animal Welfare Charity works to improve the lives of sick and unwanted pets. .
Alicia said: “Blue Cross do some amazing work and apart from re-homing and treatment, they also work with schools to educate children about the responsibilities of owning a pet and promote health care so that the children learn from a young age what having a pet really entails. ”
Fund-raising will be a tough proposition for Alicia, as she has a target of £3,350 to enable her to take part in the Zambezi challenge, which consists of five days canoeing down the river and five days taking part in various conservation projects at a lion sanctuary. “Physically, the trip will be very demanding. Six or seven hours solid canoeing every day will require some serious training and I’m expecting to have the arms of an Olympic athlete by the time I’ve finished!” joked Alicia.
“I’m really looking forward to my time at the sanctuary and will hopefully get to see some of the lions being prepared for their return to the wild.
“We’ll be camping out under the stars every night, which I’m looking forward to, but with a little bit of trepidation.”
Alicia will host a fund-raising party in March, the proceeds of which will be added to donations already received. The event will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall, Sabden, and will include cocktails, Karaoke and a DJ.
To donate to Alicia’s funds, go to www.justgiving/Alicia-Butler. For more information, or to send donations via Myerscough Veterinary Surgery, call 01200 423256.