Deputy manager of RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre, Lisa Paulin, is walking the West Highland Way for some of the North East’s most needy animals.


Lisa, who is yard manager at the County Durham centre she’s raising money for, will take on the 96 mile challenge with good friend Gail Forbes and her RSPCA rescue dogs Lexi and Piglet (pictured).


The fundraising effort begins on Wednesday 26 June and is expected to take five days to complete.Lisa Paulin and dogs © RSPCA


Lisa said: “I’ve been working for the RSPCA at Felledge for almost 12 years and have experienced first-hand the increasing number of neglected and abused animals who need the help of the RSPCA. It costs a huge amount to care for these animals, rehabilitate and rehome them and we just can’t do it without the support of the public. I know times are tough for people and really do appreciate every penny that’s donated.”


Staff and volunteers at RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre in Chester le Street look after dogs, cats and equines which have come into RSPCA care because of concerns for their welfare. Many have suffered extreme cruelty or neglect and are, or have been, the subject of prosecution cases.


“My two dogs, Lexi and Piglet, are from Felledge. Lexi, who is a four year old chocolate Labrador, and Piglet, who is a three year old Staffie cross Jack Russell, came into us as part of two separate cruelty cases and had been through a lot, like most of the animals that come through the door here,” said Lisa.


It’s Lisa’s first time fundraising, and she’s hoping to raise lots of money and complete a personal challenge too.  “I do enjoy walking and am used to fell walking and mountains such as Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike but I’ve never done anything this extreme before so it is going to be a challenge. I’ve been walking at least five miles a day with the dogs for the past two months, and ten miles or more on my days off, to make sure we’re all fit enough to do it. I’m hoping that the scenery, and of course the great company, will take my mind off the blisters!”


Anyone who would like to donate should visit Lisa’s Just Giving page here