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Four sisters run 120 miles for charity

Words by Smiley Team

Four caring sisters have embarked on an ambitious running challenge to mark the moment that each of them passes into a new decade of their lives. 

Cherry Simmonds, 50, Kate Canford, 40, Polly Cannon, 33, and Sophie Cannon, 29, all wanted to give back to the causes closest to their hearts.

Polly, from Worthing, decided to fundraise for the Dogs Trust. As a dog-lover, she felt this would be the best way for her to donate the funds raised. 

Tristan Lathey, community fundraising officer at the Dogs Trust, said: “We are so grateful to Polly and her sisters for taking on this challenge in support of Dogs Trust.”  

Setting out on 26 June at 9am, the four aim to run approximately 30 miles each in 11 hours. To complete this mission, they will split the distance up into ten 5km sections.

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As Polly’s charity of choice, the Dogs Trust is particularly grateful for the prospect of new funds. These will go to help dogs in their care such as Peppy, a six-year-old Patterdale Cross, who is awaiting a loving family to adopt him.  

Adel Burnett, the manager of a Dogs Trust centre in Shoreham said: “Peppy would love a rural retreat to call his home as he likes the quiet life. He is a fun, playful boy, who is hoping to be the only pet, in an adult-only home, where he can be the centre of attention and love!” 

The trust describes Peppy as a “super smart” dog who has been making great progress with his training. The staff remarked on how he has developed good dog social skills and enjoys regular walks.

“He will thrive in a peaceful home, with a family who leads a quieter lifestyle, where he can relax and be himself,” said Adel.

“He’ll make an excellent companion for active adopters who are interested in reward-based training, who will find great pleasure in watching Peppy blossom further,” he added. 

Inspired to act?

DONATE: To help Polly raise her target of £500 for Dogs Trust, donate to her fundraiser.

SPONSOR: If you want to help offer love and care to a rescue dog, sponsor a dog via the Dogs Trust.


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