On Saturday October 7th 2023, a team of 17 members from the Veterinary Voices Hiking Group embarked on an inspiring 50km journey through the Royal Parks of London in aid of Vetlife. This walk, a part of Vetlife’s Active October campaign, raised an impressive total of £7,665 for the charity.
The scenic route kicked off at Greenwich Park and culminated in the beautiful surroundings of Bushy Park. Along the way, the hikers ventured through iconic destinations including St James Park, Hyde Park, Richmond Park, over Tower Bridge, and passed through various urban areas.
Leading the charge on this trek were Vetlife Trustees, Paul Horwood and Robyn Lowe. Robyn, a founding member of the Veterinary Voices Hiking Group, established the community with a mission to provide a welcoming space for veterinary professionals to connect, form new friendships, and promote physical and mental wellbeing.
In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Robyn has received a nomination for The Bridge Club Bright Minds Wellness Champion Award. This honour acknowledges her role in establishing the group, which has not only fostered a sense of community but has also raised an impressive sum exceeding £10,000 for Vetlife during 2023.
Robyn Lowe expressed her enthusiasm for the London adventure, stating, “Paul and I have had a great time seeing this idea grow into reality and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and even more thrilled that people from numerous veterinary sectors came to join us; from students, farm animal, small animal and even veterinary events management. I love seeing such a diverse range of people come together, and spend the day like old friends – talking, connecting, reflecting and remembering why we fundraise for Vetlife.”
Paul Horwood, in his role as Treasurer, emphasised the importance of continuing to raise funds for Vetlife, stating, “Raising donations is essential to enable the Charity to maintain its invaluable support for the Veterinary Profession. The need has never been greater, and this walk marked the beginning of Active October.”