Algarkirk woman’s 47-mile ‘walkies’ for charity

Algarkirk's Jerry Green Dog Rescue centre manager Lynne Vincent, right, prepares for the 50-mile walk. She is pictured with volunteer Kieron Munn, who drove a support vehicle on the day, and dog Tinker, who is up for rehoming. DD 010411002
Algarkirk's Jerry Green Dog Rescue centre manager Lynne Vincent, right, prepares for the 50-mile walk. She is pictured with volunteer Kieron Munn, who drove a support vehicle on the day, and dog Tinker, who is up for rehoming. DD 010411002

DESPITE suffering from sunburn and suspected heatstroke, an Algarkirk woman managed to ‘go walkies’ for a staggering 47 miles to raise about £5,000 for a dog rescue charity.

Lynne Vincent, centre manager of Jerry Green Dog Rescue in Algarkirk, took part in the sponsored dog walk on Saturday and Sunday. Her aim was to walk 50 miles on her 50th birthday to mark the dog rescue charity’s upcoming 50th anniversary.

“It went well, but we were shattered by the end of it,” said Lynne, who took part in the walk with supporter Matt Joinson, 27, of York.

“We managed to complete the course all bar three miles as we got heatstroke and I collapsed at Hubberts Bridge,” said Lynne. We made it just the other side of Kirton.”

The route started at the charity’s headquarters in Broughton, near Brigg, and ended at the Algarkirk centre in Marsh lane.

Lynne started training for her marathon effort in the summer, walking several dogs almost 20 miles a day – and shedding about five stones as a result.

Commenting on the importance of the charity’s work, Lynne said: “We’ve got 60 kennels at our centre, and however many dogs we rehome there are always more unwanted dogs coming in to fill them.

“We want to mark the 50th anniversary of the charity by raising a total of £50,000 to introduce extra facilities for the dogs with us while we find them good and loving homes.”

She added: “A huge thanks to everyone who sponsored us, especially Boston companies The Mill and Elwood and Briggs vets.”

l For more information or to make a donation to the rescue centre contact Lynne on 01205 260546 or visit www.jerrygreendogs.org.uk