CLARE Griffiths is on the run – to buy a new home for ferrets.
Clare, 40, a receptionist with the RSPCA Halifax and Huddersfield and District Animal Centre, has pledged to help ferrets.
She will be on the start line on April 25 for the Virgin London Marathon and hopes to raise many hundreds of pounds to build a new home for the many ferrets which are taken to the RSPCA Centre.
It’s her first marathon but Clare, of Greetland, says training is going well.
And so, too, is her sponsorship campaign. She had set a target of £1,500 but has already been pledged £1,800 and hopes to raise even more.
Clare, who has worked for the centre for 18 months, said: “I was surprised how many ferrets we get in at the centre, abandoned or unwanted.
“They’re a bit like Marmite – people either love ferrets or hate them.
“The problem is we have nowhere proper at the centre to house them. We have units for all the other small animals but the ferrets have to make do with hutches and boxes that have been left over, so I thought it would be good to raise money for them.”
Appropriately enough, the marathon is at the start of RSPCA Week, which runs from April 26 to May 2.
Clare has been training hard for the race and is up to the 18-mile mark.
Kath Airey, RSPCA branch chairman, said: “It’s fantastic that Clare is taking part in such a big challenge to raise funds for the branch.”
The RSPCA Animal Centre has recently undergone a complete refurbishment of its kennels and small animal accommodation.
The final phase is new accommodation to house ferrets, collectively known as a business of ferrets.
Donate at the RSPCA Animal Centre, Wade Street, Halifax, or at www.justgiving.co.uk/clare-griffiths