A man from County Durham has become an #AnimalHero, running the Amsterdam Marathon to raise money for RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre.


Peter Harrison rehomed his ‘lovely cat’, called ‘Autumn’, from Felledge in January this year but, not satisfied with that, wanted to give even more back to the centre that had given her so much.Peter Harrison © RSPCA


He completed the marathon challenge in 3:23:58. Peter said: “I was hoping to do it in less than three and half hours so I am really pleased. The last few kilometres were very tough but I managed to keep running all the way around!”


The event took place on Sunday 20th October and Peter is now almost recovered.


His efforts raised £154 for the centre, mostly through the new RSPCA Choices website which allows people to fundraise for specific RSPCA causes.
He said: “It’s a great job that the guys at Felledge do rehoming animals. I just wanted to do a bit to help them out, and help raise awareness of them in the area, especially for people who might be looking for a new pet as I think they should be the first port of call.”


RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre cares for and rehomes some of the most neglected and cruelly treated animals from across the North East of England. For more information about the work they do, the animals in their care and looking for new homes, and how you can help please visit: http://www.rspca.org.uk/local/felledge-animal-centre/


The RSPCA is celebrating people like Peter as part of our ‘Everyday Heroes’ campaign which launched earlier this week (Tuesday 5 November).


The campaign aims to highlight the unimaginable dangers facing many animals and help support the brave charity workers who try to protect them but also recognises all animal welfare heroes – be they part of our organisation or a member of the public, or the animal themselves.


For more information on the appeal and how you can help, please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/winterappeal You can also get involved via social media using #AnimalHero