Paul Marchant and Bichon Frise AlfieAn RSPCA animal care assistant is taking on one of Britain’s toughest outdoor challenges to raise money for animals in need.

Paul Marchant – who works at the RSPCA Newport Animal Centre – will take on the dizzy heights of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours.

The walk kicks off on 29 June – with Paul one of a few dozen participants taking on the ‘Charity Challenge‘ to raise money for various charities.

In total, the walk will see participants climb 3,407 metres scaling 1,344 metres at Ben Nevis, 978 metres at Scafell Pike and 1,085 metres at Snowdon.

Money raised by Paul will support the RSPCA – including Newport Animal Centre which, in 2018 alone, found new homes for more than 400 animals.

He is hoping to raise £850 for the cause – and has already banked almost 90 per cent of his target with a few weeks to go.

Paul is often joined on training walks by his Bichon Frise Alfie.

Backers can support Paul via his JustGiving page, with every penny raised meaning the RSPCA – the world’s oldest animal welfare charity – can do more to help animals in need across England and Wales.

RSPCA animal care assistant Paul Marchant said: “I’m so excited to be taking on this challenge to help raise money for animals in need.

“We rehabilitate and rehome hundreds of animals each year at Newport Animal Centre, and countless more across England and Wales. It’s great to be able to take on this challenge to raise much-needed funds to support this work.”

He added: “Training was a bit of a shock to begin with – but I’m really into the swing of things, and have already been taking on two mountains in one day, so I’m getting there.

“It is going to be the most incredible experience – climbing three beautiful peaks across Britain, and travelling into Wales, England and Scotland in a 24-hour period.

“I’m so grateful to everyone who has kindly donated to me and the RSPCA, and I’m just £100 away from my target. Every penny raised will mean we can do even more in Newport and beyond to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals.”

More information about the RSPCA, and their work to help animals, can be found online.