Around the Coast in 30 Days: raising funds for vital Pet Blood Bank

Alan gives blood. Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Animal charity Pet Blood Bank UK is asking pet lovers across the UK to join their virtual fundraising challenge to help save more lives.

Pet Blood Bank UK it provides a national blood bank which dispatches blood day and night to help save pets’ lives in vet practices across the UK. The blood is collected from donor dogs across the UK through donation sessions at host vet practices, or on mobile blood units. They are now fundraising to keep providing their vital services to pets across the country.

The challenge, Around the Coast in 30 Days, starts on Sunday 1 May, beginning and ending at the Loughborough blood bank and aiming to raise £10,000. People taking part are to “walk, run, swim, or cycle as many miles as they can to reach a collective target of 11,232 miles – the length of the UK mainland coastline”.

The coastline was chosen to “represent the vast distance that Pet Blood Bank travels every year to collect and distribute lifesaving blood for dogs”. You can participate as a team or as an individual, either way every mile you do will count towards the collective 11,232 mile target as the charity races to complete the challenge in just 30 days.

Donor Colin remains calm and collected.
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“The funds raised from the challenge will help to save the lives of pets across the country by supporting the blood bank,” Pet Blood Bank UK adds. “They will also allow the charity to invest for the future through vital research and education as well as continue to do things like provide free blood for veterinary charities and subsidise the cost of blood.”

To find out more and join the challenge, visit

Dog donors are always needed to keep up with the increasing demand. If you have a happy, healthy, and confident dog who is aged between one and eight and over 25kg they could be a lifesaver. To find out more, please visit


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