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SPANA (Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad)

Nic's 2013 Virgin London Marathon for SPANA page

Fundraising for SPANA

raised by 73 supporters
  • Team members: Nic Van Gelder, Nigel the donkey (costume)
  • Event: Virgin London Marathon 2013, 21 Apr 2013


We provide vital treatment and training to improve the welfare of working animals

Charity Registration No. 209015


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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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