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Nic Van Gelder - SPANA's Fundraising and Supporter Care Administrator and volunteer Met police officer - knows no fear. This year he's doing it for the donkeys and other working animals! On Sunday 21st April 2013 the special constable for Haringey borough strapped on the 17kg (35lb) SPANA donkey mascot costume and trudged the full 26.2 mile Virgin London Marathon course! Humbly following in the footsteps of SPANA chief executive Jeremy Hulme, veterinary director Dr. Andy Stringer and other brave souls this was a truly worthy mission.

Completing the marathon this way is a very graphic reminder of the enormous burdens that working animals have to carry every day of their lives and the distances they have to carry them. It’s true that many donkeys and mules have to complete a marathon every day of their working lives - Nic did it just once.

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Updates 2

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored Nic (so far!) in yesterday's London Marathon - you are lovely! His 17kg donkey costume London Marathon finish time? 6 hrs 48 mins 8 secs - a new 17kg donkey costume marathon record! Made possible by your encouragement! Thank you!

22/04/13 10:08

My thoughts and prayers to the families of victims and those injured in Boston. Thank you for all your donations so far! I promise to cross that finish line. With your support, we can really make a difference to working animals and give them a voice! Let's do this!

17/04/13 20:12

Raising money for

SPANA

SPANA

Charity Registration No. 209015

SPANA is committed to alleviating the suffering of working animals in some of the world's poorest communities in Africa and the Middle East. We provide free, immediate veterinary treatment as well as an extensive education programme teaching owners and children how to better care for their animals.

Donations 73

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Well done, son. We're proud of you.

Donation by Mum & Dad on 18/06/13

Well done Nic!

Donation by joanne maylott on 30/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations on all your efforts and dedicated training towards this great cause

Donation by Camilla Hawkins on 28/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Christine Wileman on 24/04/13

£20.00

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What a fantastic cause. Well done!

Donation by Abigail Silvester on 23/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Thank you for helping these good an beautiful animals ! We must have mercy and gratitude to our donkeys,mules,horses,camels etc.

Donation by Monica Marchand on 23/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Fantastic result & good to know more donkeys will be helped to live a better life.

Donation by ANGELA LEADBETTER on 22/04/13

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/13

£10.00

Donation by David Ilott on 22/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Jane Simpson on 22/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Fantastic run yesterday. you did really well, must have been hot for you :))))

Donation by SANDRA QUELCH on 22/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Rachel Dobell on 22/04/13

£10.00

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Well Done...great effort for a great cause ... :)

Donation by Ian Cormack on 22/04/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Well done Nic!

Donation by Josien Williams on 22/04/13

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Heidi Best on 22/04/13

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Well done and thanks for raising money for this vital cause!

Donation by Marion Dill on 22/04/13

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Well done Nic! What a huge achievement and all for such a great charity.

Donation by Hayley Barbet on 22/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Anonymous on 22/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Running a marathon's hard enough but to do it in that costume is amazing! It's a fantastic cause too :)

Donation by Mel Price on 21/04/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Keep up the good work!!!

Donation by Michele Clarke on 21/04/13

£20.00

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Saw you on the route - fantastic effort, and excellent way to make this charities point :) Above and beyond the call - well done!

Donation by Jessica Hainey on 21/04/13

£35.00

+ £8.75 Gift Aid

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Penny tells me you are doing the London marathon today with Nigel on your back, brilliant! I hope it wasn't too much of a pain in the arse ;o)

Donation by Tracy on 21/04/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,120.00
  • Offline donations£330.02
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,450.02
  • Gift Aid£246.25

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