Vets on top of the world after Peaks success

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A team of vets from Market Deeping and Thurlby are on a soaring high after conquering Britain’s three highest peaks for charity.

Staff from Animates climbed Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowden in Wales to raise money for the Spalding branch of Cats Protection.

So far, about £700 has been raised for the charity that takes in stray and abandoned cats and then finds them new homes.

Tom Von den Busch, one of the vets who completed the challenge, said: “We do quite a lot of work for and with Cats Protection Spalding.

“If they have stray cats that need vaccinating or checking over, we look at them and if we have cats that need new homes, they take them off us.

“Most of us joined a gym to get fit, but some of our group went out quite a few times to walk up hills and mountains.”

The challenge started with a four-hour climb up Ben Nevis, before moving on to Scafell Pike in the Lake District and finishing off with Mount Snowden, the entire effort taking about 26 hours to complete.

Tom said: “None of us had done all three mountains before and we were supposed to climb all three in 24 hours.

“We limped down Snowden but there were quite a few smiles at the end and everyone was pleased that we made it.”