Inspector to take on marathon challenge for Team Animal

Grace Harris-Bridge, an inspector in Thanet, Kent, will be running the marathon in 2019.

The RSPCA is urging animal lovers to sign-up and run the Brighton Marathon 2019 to raise money to help animals in need.

The animal welfare charity has 14 spaces for Brighton Marathon next year and is urging people to don those running shoes and take on the challenge for Team Animal.

Grace Harris-Bridge, an inspector in Thanet, Kent, will be running the marathon in 2019.

She started working for the RSPCA in 2016 as a farm livestock officer but her ambition was always to become an inspector.

The 29-year-old said: “I have always wanted to work for the RSPCA and always wanted to be an inspector. I’ve just completed my training in June this year. It’s been a very steep learning curve. Every job is something new with plenty of variety which I’m really enjoying.

“Running a marathon has always been a goal of mine as well. In my new role as an inspector I’ve seen just how massive an impact the RSPCA has on such a wide variety of animals, improving their welfare and educating the public. I am incredibly proud to work for the RSPCA which is why I have chosen to run the Brighton Marathon 2019 to raise funds for the incredible work they do.”

Grace, who is originally from Northamptonshire, will be undertaking a half marathon in October and then will continue training for her first full marathon in Brighton next year.

She added: “Sometimes you will have a moment in your day that makes you sit back and think, so that’s why I do this, that is the reason I get up in the morning and jump in the van, this is the reason why I’ll be running 26 miles for the RSPCA.

“One such moment recently was when I picked up a cat with severe flea allergies. The owners were unable to treat the cat due to financial reasons, so my role was to work with the family as well as getting the best outcome for the cat. Initially, they were reluctant to sign the cat over but after

talking them through their options and explaining that the pet required urgent and extensive treatment they agreed to sign her over so she could get the help she really needed. It was the right thing for the cat but also the right thing for the family as the vet bills would have put extra strain on them and in the end they were grateful for my help.”

The eight-year-old grey cat has now received treatment, is back to full health and will soon be rehomed.

To donate to Grace Harris-Bridge visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ghbteamanimal

Last year, kind Brighton marathon runners and their supporters raised £7,000 for the charity. This could help pay for all the food in one of the RSPCA animal centres for six months, or all of the vet costs for the four wildlife centres for six weeks.

This year, the target is to raise even more. As an example, £9,000 could help pay for all of the food in the RSPCA’s animal centres, wildlife centres and hospitals for a week – that’s a lot of happy animals.

For more information or to sign-up for the Brighton Marathon on April 14 next year, visit https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/fundraise/running/brightonmarathon

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