Leicester Mercury

Leah’s mountain rescue trek


- By STAFF REPORTER https://rb.gy/ul2yup

A 12-YEAR-OLD dog lover is taking on a mammoth trek to Mount Everest base camp to raise money for Dogs Trust, which has a rehoming centre in Loughborou­gh.

Leah-Mai Rimmington is in training to take on the once-in-a-lifetime challenge next April.

She hopes to raise a minimum of £1,500 to help the charity care for dogs who have found themselves without a forever home.

Leah said: “I absolutely love dogs and Dogs Trust never puts a healthy dog to sleep, which means they have the best chance of finding a new family, however long it takes.

“I want to raise money to help make sure all the dogs being looked after can have everything they need until it is time for them to go to a new home.”

Leah will be accompanie­d by her dad, Dave, on the 12-day Himalayan trek. They will cover 8,000m of ascent and descent, over 82 miles in ice-cold temperatur­es, facing the risk of altitude sickness, frostbite and hypothermi­a.

When lockdown has allowed, Leah and Dave along with mum Louise and their sprocker spaniels, Harley and Ralph, have been doing as much training as possible, including tackling Snowdon, Wales’ highest mountain and Cadair Idris, which at 893m is the highest mountain in southern Snowdonia.

Dave says: “We love being outdoors as a family with the dogs but of course the pandemic has meant our adventures have been curtailed, so we have just done whatever we have been able to, to prepare ourselves.

“The main challenge of the trek will be altitude sickness as neither of us know if we will be affected. But we are determined to complete it, and hopefully enjoy it whilst raising as much money as possible.

“I am so proud of Leah taking this on and I will be with her every step of the way.”

Since opening in 2012, Dogs Trust Loughborou­gh has found homes for thousands of dogs, and over the past year it has adapted its processes so that the team have been able to continue to rehome dogs, whilst keeping staff and adopters safe.

Celine Di Crocco, manager at Dogs Trust Loughborou­gh, said: “What Leah is planning to do is incredible and we are so grateful.

“As Leah says, we are committed to finding our dogs their ideal homes, however long it takes, and in the meantime, with the incredible help of supporters like Leah, we are able to give them everything they need, from toys to treats or additional training to help prepare them for their new families.

“As soon as Covid guidelines allow, we’ll invite Leah and her family for a tour so they can meet some of our current residents and we can thank her in person for choosing to raise money for Dogs Trust.”

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 ??  ?? GOING TO GREAT HEIGHTS: Leah with her dogs, Harley and Ralph
GOING TO GREAT HEIGHTS: Leah with her dogs, Harley and Ralph

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