September 24th, 2016

Winyates engineer lends man’s best friend a helping hand

Winyates engineer lends man’s best friend a helping hand Winyates engineer lends man’s best friend a helping hand

A KIND-HEARTED Redditch engineer is going the extra mile for abused dogs in need of homes.

Roland Rignall, of Winyates East, will be running four marathons in four weeks to raise money for the Arundawn Dog rescue. The 33-year-old has already completed half of his gruelling challenge with two runs in Salisbury and the Isle of Wight and will be doing the Abingdon and Dartmoor marathons in the next two weeks.

Roland decided to take on the task after he and his wife, Kelly, fostered a dog, named Bubbles, for seven months, from the shelter. The couple already have two springer-spaniels, Beano and Evie so he could not keep the foster dog.

He said: “It was upsetting to let Bubbles go. I love animals and as you can’t adopt them all this seemed like the next best thing to do.

“When the dogs arrive they are in really bad shape. They’ve been beaten, starved or neglected and really need help.

“The charity is only small and it needs all the help it can get.”

Roland had just five weeks to train for the first marathon having got married just two months ago.

“The training didn’t go as well as I would have liked with the wedding and the honeymoon. I didn’t realise as well that Salisbury is the hardest marathon in the country. It’s all hills!”

Roland has raised about £300 so far and hoping to hit £500 by the time he completes the challenge.

To donate visit the charity PayPal account, arundawndogrescue@btinternet.com or contact Roland at www.facebook.com/4marathonchallenge

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