Peter will be pedalling to raise funds
FOR the second year in a row Peter Gettins, a supporter of the Middlesex North West Branch of the RSPCA, has secured a place in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey road race out of the thousands of people who applied.
The event on Sunday, August 2, celebrates the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Starting in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, it follows a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey's stunning countryside then back to central London finishing on The Mall.
With punishing hill climbs and a route made famous by the world's best cyclists in 2012, this event is both testing and spectacular for all involved.
Peter said: “I adopted my cat Bandit from the RSPCA in 2011 and as she's changed my life. I'd wanted to try to help some of the other animals there at the branch by trying to raise some funds from the ride as I did last year.”
If you would like to support Peter's effort to raise funds for the vital animal welfare work that the Middlesex North West Branch carries out locally you can donate by visiting his fundraising page at www.justgiving. com/petergettins/.
Four of the animals that the Branch has in its care who will be helped by the funds that Peter is able to raise are Kate, Ophelia, Gilly and Felicia.
These four are very friendly and playful rats who are about a year old.
They recently were taken in by the branch when their owner found he could not keep them when moving into a new house as the landlord would not allow pets, a common reason we hear when people phone looking for help. They are all females (as you might guess from their names) and they get on very well to together.
Branch Animal Welfare O Officer Tracy Deamer sa said: “As rats are quite so social animals and these fo four have grown up to together we will only re rehome them where they ca can stay together.
“Because they are very active and love to run around and play they will need a large cage to accommodate them.”
If you would like to discuss giving these girls a new start in life then give us a call on (020) 8966 9688 or email us at: info@ rspca-middlesex.org.uk.
If you are looking for a new pet but rats are not your cup of tea why not visit our website at: www. rspca-middlesex.org.uk as we might have the purrfect pet for you and your family to adopt.
n PEDAL POWER: Peter pictured with Animal Welfare Officers Tracy Deamer and Sarah Parkes, and Ophelia the rat