During May 2017 cattle vets cycled and walked the length and breadth of Great Britain, from the Wash to Aberystwyth, and from Lands End to John O’ Groats, and then climbed Slieve Donnard, the highest peak in Northern Ireland with a common goal – to raise money for Send a Cow.  The batons passed from one to the other during this challenge were British and Irish Lions shirts – symbolising the unity of all four nations.
Send a Cow (www.sendacow.org) is an international development charity that has helped more than one million African people work their way out of extreme poverty since being founded by Christian dairy farmers in 1988.  Their mission statement is “To give communities and families the hope and the means to secure their own futures from the land”, and their vision is to see a confident and thriving rural Africa.
I received the “cross England” Lions shirt at the border from a team of cyclists, and then led a team of 10 vets and friends on foot across Wales, with others joining or providing much needed refreshment en-route.  Covering 52 miles, the walk to the coast took 24 hours, and involved more than 100,000 steps per person.  The weather was perfect - sunshine and an easterly breeze kept us dry and cool and encouraged us towards our destination.