A TEAM from a Holme Valleyveterinary practice is gearing up for the physically gruelling Coniston Adventure Challenge.

Six vets and veterinary nurses from Donaldson and Partners at Miry Lane, Thongsbridge, are hoping to raise a four-figure sum for The Guide Dogs For The Blind Association.

They spent last Sunday practising their kayaking skills at Pugney’s Country Park, Wakefield, in preparation for the Challenge on Saturday September 10.

The Coniston Challenge is a physically demanding one-day event. Participants have to each cycle 10 miles through Grisedale Forest, hike to the top of Coniston Old Man and back and then kayak for two miles on Coniston Water.

The team is asking local individuals and companies to sponsor them. Their target is £2,500 and so far they have raised £800.

They will be holding a sponsored car wash at the Thongsbridge practice from 11am to 2pm on July 31.

Team organiser Sammi Beaumont said: “We got a poster advertising the challenge through the post. In a moment of madness, six of us decided to take it on.

“We have two guide dog puppy walkers who come into the surgery and these puppies are absolutely amazing. They do such a fantastic job.

“We have a great respect for both them and their carers alike. We get such pleasure out of seeing them that we wanted to give something back.

“We are all very pleased to be doing this challenge. We are aware that it is going to be difficult – but it will certainly be worthwhile.”

CONTACT: Anyone wishing to sponsor the team should call the Thonsbridge surgery on 684189 or go online to: http://www.justgiving.com/sammi-Beaumont