Race for cats spans England successfully

To celebrate 50 years in practice, Ed Shillabeer, a vet from the 
Harwell Veterinary Group, completed the equivalent of 10 marathons in a week by racewalking over 250 miles from his home town in Plymouth, to the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) in London, to raise funds for International Cat Care. The ‘Race for Cats’, which was supported by Ceva, started in Plymouth on 28 June and was completed, despite a sprained ankle, at the RCVS in London on 4 July.

Ed's route included Exeter, Taunton, Langford, the International Cat Care headquarters in Tisbury, Kingsclere, the Amersham headquarters of Ceva, and finished in London. He dropped in on a number of supporting veterinary practices along the way. 

Ed who is 74 and a Life Member of International Cat Care, has a long history of fundraising for charities.

‘We very much appreciate the huge effort Ed has made to raise funds for our work that will improve the lives of cats around the world. Many thanks also to everyone who supported our Race for cats,’ said Claire Bessant, Chief Executive of International Cat Care.

On completing the race, Ed said, 'It was a wonderful week of racewalking and I hope it will benefit felines everywhere through the work of International Cat Care. Thanks to all who helped me in any way. Give, give, give!’

Are you with Ed? It is not too late to support Ed’s efforts to help cats - simply text ICAT50 followed by the amount, eg, £10 to 70070 or visit https://www.justgiving.com/edmund-shillabeer2/

International Cat Care is a charity founded in 1958 whose aim is to ensure that all cats, owned and unowned, are treated with care, compassion and understanding. For more information on the work of the charity go to icatcare.org. 

‘We’re with Ed!’ Ed Shillabeer (centre front) on completion of his 250-mile ‘Race for cats’ at the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with International Cat Care staff and Trustees, RCVS representatives and his ground support team

Halfway through his 250 mile ‘Race for cats’, Ed Shillabeer is welcomed to the International Cat Care headquarters in Tisbury by some very large felines!

Ed in full stride on his ‘Race for cats’


              -ends-            July 16, 2014


For further details contact Karen Bessant at kbessant@aol.com or call International Cat Care headquarters on 01747 871 872.