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100 miles cycled for Somerset Appeal

Ferne Animal Sanctuary bike ride

Image: Jo Cox (L) presenting cheque to Linda Baker, Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Jo Cox from Chard, Somerset recently took part in a 100 mile bike ride, the “Wiggle New Forest 100 Sportive” cycling event, to raise money for Ferne Animal Sanctuary’s “New Digs for Dogs” £1million project for 2014/15.

She completed the 100 mile course in 8 hours, 22 minutes and 18 seconds - and raised an incredible £334.50 for the appeal.

Now in its seventh year, the “Wiggle” event has rapidly established itself as one of the UK’s biggest “must do” events. 

Cycling through quiet, leafy country roads set against the stunning backdrop of the New Forest National Park, Jo had her work cut out with some challenging hills along the way. 

Sharon Pavey, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at the Sanctuary in Wambrook, near Chard, said: “Jo’s achievement cycling 100 miles is amazing - and on behalf of all the dogs that pass through our doors on the way to their loving forever homes, we are extremely grateful.

“We would love to hear from others who fancy taking on an extreme challenge to raise funds for the Sanctuary, whether that is cycling, running, mountain climbing, sky-diving or something equally as fun and daring!”

Ferne Animal Sanctuary launched their “New Digs for Dogs” £1m project for 2014/15 in March 2014 to build a new enhanced kennel block, improved grooming and veterinary care room, information hub, social unit, offices, reception and purpose built rehoming centre at their site in Somerset.

Fundraising packs for the appeal, details of how to donate, volunteer, or to find out more information about all their events can be obtained by calling 01460 65214 or by visiting


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