17 Oct

Kirstie And Patch Team To Raise Funds

An animal lover has laced up her running shoes in support of the animal charity that rescued her beloved dog from years of neglect. Kirstie Fyffe, from Renton took on the Pound for Paws challenge – which saw her run 5k every day for a month – to help raise funds for the Scottish SPCA.

Kirstie, who only took up running earlier this year, was joined on her challenge by her Jack Russell, Patch, who she rehomed from the charity’s Milton centre two years ago, collecting a total of £1143.94.

The four-year-old Jack Russell spent three months in the animal home before being adopted by Kirstie and her partner Calum Anderson.

Patch and her mum Poppy had endured years of neglect and poor treatment, leaving her with a painful skin condition. Sadly Poppy was in such a bad state she had to be put down.

Kirstie finished off her efforts by running 10k in the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.

“I only started running in March and had never actually run more than two days in a row before so it was a bit tough to begin with," she explained.

“Once I got used to it, I started to enjoy it and I brought Patch along with me for five of the runs throughout the month. She’s only got wee legs so 25k was a good effort from her.

“I am totally amazed by how much we have managed to raise. I started with a target of £200 and it just kept going up.”

Kirstie now plans to hand over her cash donations, which make up over £200 of the final total – to the Dumbarton SPCA as a thank you for looking after both Poppy and Patch.

She continued: “I am hoping to hand in the cash to Milton if the SSPCA are happy for me to do so. I’d like to give them some of the money for helping animals like Poppy and Patch.”