Littlehampton vet to take on challenge for Worthing Cat Welfare Brighton News

Dr David Hodges, who works at Stellar Vets in Littlehampton, will embark on a 1,060-mile bike ride across the breadth of South America from the Pacific to the Atlantic.

The 56-year-old will start the ride on the west coast of Chile next week.

After climbing more than 4,000 metres and crossing the Andes, David will descend into Argentina and hopes to reach Buenos Aires, on the country’s east coast, just nine days later.

The father of three aims to raise £5,000 for Worthing Cat Welfare.

The charity was established in 1995 and provides a safe and caring environment for abandoned, unwanted and distressed cats and kittens in the Worthing area as well as finding them loving and permanent homes.

The Argus: David is busy training for the challengeDavid is busy training for the challenge (Image: Submitted)

“The idea for this ride came about after a conversation with some friends from university who all enjoy a challenge and wanted to raise money for various charities and good causes,” said David.


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“Although I’m a keen cyclist, I’ve never done anything like this before but I’m really looking forward to it. I’m currently training hard and covering at least 60 miles every Saturday and Sunday, as well as around 40 miles every evening, in preparation for cycling more than 100 miles each day during the ride.

“However, because it’s summertime in South America it’s going to be very hot at times but also cool in the Andes, so we’ll have big temperature changes to contend with as well as low oxygen levels at altitude, which is almost impossible to prepare for.

“Ultimately though, it’s going to be a great experience and will raise money for a brilliant organisation. We’ve supported Worthing Cat Welfare since we opened, collecting bedding, blankets, food and toys, as well as matching any financial donations made by the public and we’ve helped find forever homes through our Facebook page for cats the charity is caring for. We’re very fortunate to have so many amazing clients who support us with our charitable efforts and I’m hoping to make a big difference to the charity with this challenge.”

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