£40,000 raised by Beckton vet for assistance dogs

PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 June 2012

Felix Lai with his team mates on sand dunes of Dunnet Bay at the end of the challenge.

Felix Lai with his team mates on sand dunes of Dunnet Bay at the end of the challenge.


Beckton vet Felix Lai got on his bike to help raise £40,000 for a charity close to his heart.

Cycling 958 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats, it took Felix 12 days as part of a team of 15 to raise the cash for Dogs for the Disabled and they are hoping to collect more.

Felix, who started the challenge on May 1 and finished on May 12, works as a vet in Companion Care Vets in the Gateway Retail Park in Claps Gate Lane.

Felix said: “Dogs for the Disabled is an amazing charity that really does transform lives and I would like to thank each and every person who has so generously sponsored me and the other members of our team - it really will make a huge difference to those individuals who rely on specially trained assistance dogs - thank you!”

Peter Gorbing, executive at the charity, said: “We are extremely grateful for the fundraising efforts of all the Companion Care staff involved.

“It costs over £19,000 to train, create, and support a Dogs for the Disabled partnership throughout its lifetime.

“The funds raised will truly transform the life of someone living with disability; providing them with confidence and independence that will open doors to fresh opportunities.”

Visit the Companion Care Vets Facebook page to find out more and donate at

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