Five intrepid animal-lovers will take on one of Cheshire’s longest walking trails this weekend to raise funds for an RSPCA wildlife centre.

The team will take on the 55km-long Sandstone Trail on Saturday (23 September) to raise money for Nantwich’s Stapeley Grange.StapeleyWalk.jpg

They will start at 5.30am and are aiming to walk the trail, which goes from Frodsham to Whitchurch, in 14 hours.

The team is being led by the centre’s manager Lee Stewart, and includes Lee’s wife Laura, RSPCA press officer Rachel Butler, vet surgeon Teresa Prohens and vet intern Marco Vecchiato.

Stapeley Grange, in London Road, admits approximately 7,000 wild, domestic and exotic animals every year. The centre is also home to a cattery, which rehomes hundreds of cats – many rescued from abuse – every year.

Lee said: “We are doing this walk with slight trepidation because we know that, given the long distance, we will most likely be in pain towards the end – but it is all for a good cause and that is what will keep us going when it gets tough.

“We plan to walk the trail with staff from Crystal Legal Services, in Crewe, whose staff have been raising money for Stapeley Grange over the last couple of months and are looking to raise £2,000 for the hospital’s animals, which is amazing.

“Every penny that we raise will go towards the rehabilitation of the thousands of wildlife patients admitted to the hospital.”

Press officer Rachel said: “I’m looking forward to the walk and it’ll be fun when we get going, but I have to admit that I’m not looking forward to the 5.30am start – that will be the biggest challenge for me as I am not a morning person.

“But knowing that we’re raising money for animals in need will fuel us along.”

To sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/stapeley-grange-15.

The RSPCA is a charity relies on public donations to exist. Anyone who would like to support the vital work of Stapeley Grange can text RSPCA2 to 70007. Texts cost £3 + standard network rate.