Newlyweds swap honeymoon to Egypt for £100k dog charity hike

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Georgia and Stuart Marlow, from Tipton, West Midlands, are planning to climb Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, in honour of Birmingham Dogs Home. Originally planning to jet off to Egypt on August 2, the newlyweds sadly had their getaway cancelled due to Covid restrictions.

Instead, Georgia and Stuart were inspired to help raise money for the charity after adopting their five-year-old Boxweiler, Buster from the shelter in 2018.

All donations made will go towards building a new in-house veterinary clinic for the dogs home.

Birmingham Dogs Home, a nonprofit organisation, cares for over 2,500 dogs each year, often strays who are malnourished, neglected or suffered abuse.

Georgia said: “We were meant to be going on our honeymoon, but now we are going on camping trips and hikes to prepare ourselves for Snowdon.”

“We would like to try and raise £500. We won’t be able to take Buster with us because he had to have a leg operation two years ago, but we are always out walking,” she added.

“We have never done anything this big before, so it’s a pretty big deal for us. We have got seven weeks to go so every weekend we are going to do hikes.”

Teaching assistant Georgia and engineer Stuart, got married in May this year and plan to take on the welsh mountain on September 25.

If the dog charity reaches its £100,000 fundraising target, the new clinic is planning to officially open in October.

In a message on their JustGiving page, Georgia wrote: “Veterinary care is one of the biggest ongoing costs for our BDH. The home cares for over 2,500 dogs every year.

“In 2020, the home spent over £230,000 on essential medical care. The home is a non-profit organisation, meaning that it does not receive any government funding and is entirely reliant on the generosity of the public.

“By running its own veterinary clinic, this will significantly reduce the cost of vet bills, as well as enabling the home to better manage both emergency cases and the ongoing physical health of the dogs it cares for on a daily basis.”

Fi Harrison, head of fundraising for Birmingham Dogs Home added: “We are so delighted that Georgia and Stuart are raising money for Birmingham Dogs Home’s Healing Hearts appeal by taking on this challenge – they really are going the extra mile and uphill, to help our charity.

“After adopting their beloved dog Buster from BDH, this dog-loving couple have been determined to keep helping as many Midlands dogs as they can.

“By undertaking this climb, they are raising money to help us to build our own much-needed in-house veterinary clinic, so we can help as many ‘pawly pooches’ as we can.

“We launched our Healing Hearts appeal to raise £100,000, to buy all of the equipment we will need, in June and have raised nearly a third already.”

“We are hugely grateful to Georgia and Stuart for their amazing support and to everyone who is sponsoring them.”

If you would like to make a donation towards Birmingham Dogs Home, click here.

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