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Country roads are taking Seonaidh to London for charity


By Kirsty Brown

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A Methlick woman has been using her one outing a day during 'lockdown' to raise money for charity.

After learning about Dogs' Trust's Freedom Project, Seonaidh Baker knew that she wanted to do something to help them.

While prime minister Boris Johnson suggested only leaving the house once a day for exercise, Seonaidh decided to make the most of this and hopped on her bike.

She decided to try and cycle 546 miles - the equivalent of Aberdeen to London - before restrictions were lifted.

With the support of friends, families and locals Seonaidh has so far raised over £800 for the charity and is well on her way to hitting her goal of 546 miles.

Seonaidh is cycling to London to raise money for Dog's Trust.
Seonaidh is cycling to London to raise money for Dog's Trust.

The Freedom Project provides vital support to those fleeing domestic violence households and arranges foster care for dogs whilst the victim is in refuge.

Pets suffer from domestic violence too, in many forms and 95 percent of professionals working in the sector said that victims will not leave their abuser without knowing their pets would be safe.

Since lockdown has begun, domestic violence cases have increased.

Explaining, Seonaidh said: "I heard about the Freedom Project and it was something I hadn’t really thought about before in terms of pets being abused simultaneously to people within households and also about pets being used as a form of control in domestic abuse cases.

"I have a love for all animals and wanted to do something to help during lockdown when cases have unfortunately increased.

"I really love London and thought it would be a good challenge to cycle the distance from Aberdeen, and I have been using cycle paths and rural country roads to cover the miles."

You can donate to Seonaidh's efforts online by visiting: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/seonaidh-baker


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