Iain walked 500 miles to raise dogs trust funds

Dogs Trust Ballymena staff and canine residents, Captain and Admiral thank Iain for his efforts. Submitted image.

Dogs Trust Ballymena staff and canine residents, Captain and Admiral thank Iain for his efforts. Submitted image.

Dogs Trust Ballymena supporter, Iain Davies, 69, has completed his staggering 500 mile fundraising walk from St Jean Pied de Port in South West France to the Cathedral at Santiago de Compoestella in North West Spain in just 28 days.

Walking an average of 18 miles a day, former army officer Iain tackled the mountainous Pyrenees and Northern Spain, passing through untouched countryside and ancient villages. Iain has so far raised over £2,028 all of which will go directly to the stray, abandoned and unwanted dogs of Dogs Trust Ballymena.

Iain, from Broughshane, explains: “It was a fantastic experience, there were so many highlights, arriving at the Cathedral Square in Santiago, stands out for me. During my walk I had the pleasure of meeting a range of people from different backgrounds, it was truly incredible to immerse myself in so many different cultures.

“Whilst the walk was challenging I also found it very worthwhile knowing that each step I made was helping the homeless hounds of Northern Ireland. During my walk I also took time to remember my wonderful rescue dog, Tara who sadly died last year. She was a fantastic dog who we rehomed from Dogs Trust in September 2013. Throughout the walk I took time to remember her and relived many special memories.”

Dogs Trust Ballymena Manager Oonagh Phillips said: “All of us at Dogs Trust Ballymena, humans and hounds alike, would like to pass on our immense gratitude to Iain Davies. He has been a friend of the Rehoming Centre for many years and adopted dogs from us in the past. All of us are incredibly impressed by his fundraising efforts, simply staggering – thank you Iain!”

You can still donate to Iain’s fundraising effort by visiting his Just Giving Page.

If you’re interested in fundraising for Dogs Trust Ballymena or adopting one of the Rehoming Centre’s many homeless hounds, contact the team on 028 2565 2977, pop into the centre or visit https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/our-centres/ballymena/