Dogs get stylish for a good cause

Michelle Lingard and JoJo of Moy Vets, Out Rawcliffe, wearing bandanas to raise money for brain tumour charity.
Michelle Lingard and JoJo of Moy Vets, Out Rawcliffe, wearing bandanas to raise money for brain tumour charity.
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VETS, dogs, cats and even guinea pigs have been using their heads to support a brain tumour charity.

The team at Moy Vets in Out Rawcliffe and Thornton, Cleveleys, Hambleton and Knott End have donned colourful bandanas and donated to the Brain Tumour Charity on behalf of the The Mark Lingard Fund.

Kimba the guinea pig joins the bandana for brain tmour fund-raising day at Moy Vets, Out Rawcliffe

Kimba the guinea pig joins the bandana for brain tmour fund-raising day at Moy Vets, Out Rawcliffe

Michelle Lingard who runs Moy Vets said she was inspired to raise money after losing her husband Mark with an aggressive brain tumour in September 2011 at the age of 51.

Michelle and Mark ran the country practice together for 20 years treating all small pets from its four sites.

She said: “We have been really looking forward to taking part for such an important cause.

“We were still providing all the normal services for our customers and their pets but while wearing colourful bandanas.

“Even our pets were joining in on the day and wearing bandanas to show their support!”

She added that she had put up displays at the practices to show the work that the Brain Tumour Charity does and about the bandana day itself.

The Brain Tumour Charity is the UK’s largest brain tumour charity. It funds scientific and clinical research into brain tumours and offers information and support to those affected, while raising awareness and influencing policy.

Its aim is to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours.

Over 8,500 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumour every year and they are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

Sarah Lindsell, CEO of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “Less than two per cent of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK.

“It’s only through the efforts of people like Michelle and The Mark Lingard Fund that we can change that and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about the charity or who wishes to donate should visit The Brain Tumour Charity website.

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