Frozen trek aids Banbury charity

A pawnbroking expert and dog-lover from Banbury has raised more than £6,000 for Dogs for Good, by completing a gruelling four-day trek across Finland.

Michael Suter, head of pawnbroking and retail jewellery at Capital Cash, the UK's largest Cash Converters franchise, braved the sub-zero temperatures during a four-day Arctic adventure involving walking, skiing and husky-sledding.

Starting in Hossa, in north-east Finland, Michael and his partner Kelly, along with a team of eight others, made their way across the country's frozen tundra last month.

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Michael said : “It was a privilege to be able to raise vital funds to support Dogs for Good. The charity is completely self-funded, and I have first-hand seen the impact of these dogs, and how they can transform lives.

“The challenge was no mean feat though. We hit temperatures of -12 degrees, and were trekking through snow and ice for hours every day. I’d like to thank each and every person who sponsored us – it made every blister worth it and it was a real pleasure to do my bit.”

The trek, which also involved months of training, has so far raised £6,800 for the charity whose headquarters are on Banbury's Blacklocks Hill.

Dogs for Good provides people living with disabilities specially trained assistance dogs, helping them to lead more independent lives.

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Each fully trained dog costs the charity £20,000, and it relies on volunteers like Michael to fundraise.

Michael also volunteers his home as temporary boarding accommodation for one of the dogs on the 18-week programmes and has so far housed 10 dogs since he began volunteering with the charity.

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