Broadstairs veterinary nurse takes on gruelling challenge in aid of Support Dogs

Broadstairs veterinary nurse Tineka Lashmar must be barking mad!

Tineka, from Birchlington, is taking part in a gruelling 24-hour 100k endurance challenge in aid of national charity Support Dogs, a cause close to her heart.

Tineka, aged 41, has already raised more than £500 for Support Dogs after successfully completing another endurance event last year, the South Coast  Challenge.

Tineka Lashmar, after completing the South Coast Challenge

Now she and friend Justine Newton, a nursery nurse from Broadstairs, are planning to tackle the 100k Cotswold Way Challenge this summer, walking 100k in 24 hours from Bath along footpaths and trails to Cheltenham.

The pair hope to raise £1,000 for Support Dogs, a registered assistance dog charity, which trains dogs to help adults and children with autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities.

Tineka, who is head nurse at Companion Care Vets in Broadstairs , regularly goes to the gym and  runs her own netball team, as well as playing  for two other netball teams in Kent, so is already pretty fit.

But walking long distances at night presents a particular challenge, she says. “I’ve spoken to a few people who’ve done the London Marathon and they tell me that’s nothing compared to this endurance challenge!”

Tineka chose to raise fund raise for Support Dogs because of their valuable work training disability assistance dogs.

“As a veterinary nurse for the past 20 years I was obviously going to choose an animal charity, and Support Dogs do fantastic work in helping adults and children with a variety of disabilities to lead fuller, more independent lives,” she adds.

She is planning a charity netball match and cake bake sale at her veterinary practice on May 6 as part of her fundraising efforts

Danny Anderson, fundraising manager for Support Dogs said: “We’re enormously grateful to Tineka and Justine for their efforts in raising money for us. We receive no government support and rely entirely on the public to fund our life-transforming work for people with disabilities.”