A group of local lorry drivers are swapping their HGVs for pushbikes and showing their dedication to animals in need this weekend on 22nd May by cycling over 1000 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats in Scotland to raise money for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

The Waitrose Drivers’ Cycling Team are made up of four keen cyclists who are all lorry drivers from the Waitrose Depot of Aylesford in Kent. They include: Kevin Day from Sutton Valence, Ian Lofting, from Walderslade, Chatham, John Martin from Snodland, Dave Ives and Julian Day from Herne Bay and Dave Winch from Gillingham who’ll be driving their support vehicle.

Kevin Day from the Waitrose Driver’s Cycling Team said: “We really wanted to pedal the distance to raise much needed funds for all our furry little friends at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home. These poor vulnerable animals need all the help they can get to find their forever home so we hope people will visit our sponsorship page and show their support too. We are aiming to complete this epic journey over 8 days; our shortest day will be 75 miles and our longest is 150 miles so let’s hope the weather is on our side and the cycling shorts hold out!”

Leslie Gold, Regional Community Fundraiser at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home said: “Battersea needs to raise £18.4 million every year to care for the 8,000 lost and abandoned dogs and cats that come through its doors. We rely on the generosity and support of the public to help care for our animals and our fundraising groups are dog and cat lovers throughout the UK who help raise money in their local area to help support our world renowned charity.

“Amazing fundraising activities by passionate and dedicated groups like the pawesome Waitrose Driver’s Cycling Team will help us raise money to care for dogs like Alaskan Malamute Theo who has been at our Kent centre for nearly 600 days – more than 13 times longer than the average stay for a dog. There’s no time limit on how long a dog can be cared for at Battersea, but after waiting patiently for well over a year, Theo really deserves a second chance.”

To support the Waitrose Drivers’ Cycling Team in their efforts to raise funds for Battersea Dogs & Cats Home sponsor them now by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/270