Vet Oscar Sinfield is embarking on an epic cycle journey in aid of Vetlife on 8th and 9th September 2023.
The cycle route of approximately 400 miles will take Oscar past every veterinary practice in Somerset. Oscar hopes the event will help to raise money for Vetlife and inspire others to enjoy the mental health benefits of getting out in the countryside.
Vetlife is experiencing unprecedented demand for its three support services, with the charity’s expenditure likely to exceed £1 million for the first time in 2023. Fundraisers are vital for Vetlife to be able to continue to be there for all in the veterinary profession in need of support.
Mental Health Support
Looking forward to his adventure, Oscar said: “My goals for the event are to raise awareness about mental health within the veterinary profession and demonstrate how being in the countryside can boost wellbeing. Along the way, I’m keen to fundraise as much as possible for Vetlife.
“Vetlife has done so much for the veterinary profession with regards to making mental health support more accessible. Having that knowledge that they are there personally provides a lot of comfort in what can sometimes be quite a lonely and isolating profession.”
Fellow cyclist and Vetlife trustee Danny Chambers said: “I know how painful it is to cycle up Cheddar Gorge in North Somerset, so I am in awe that Oscar is cycling a 400-mile route around that terrain to visit every vet practice in Somerset in 2 days. I’m sure in his brief visits to each practice he’ll get a warm welcome and some sustenance to help him along to his next pit stop! Thank you to Oscar for his enthusiasm and support.”
Get involved with Ride SomerVet
Oscar is inviting others in the veterinary community to join sections of the journey along the way. For more information on how to get involved with the cycle, visit the Ride SomerVet Facebook group.
There’s a list of timings for when Oscar will pass by each practice here.
Donate to the fundraiser via the Ride SomerVet JustGiving page.