Vets on marks for marathon

Rene Cowan, Rachel Mullen, Brian McLaughlin, Stephen Maxwell and kneeling Alice Toal, of Greenmount Vets, who are running in the Belfast Marathon to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind.  Also pictured is Elanor Jackson and her guide dog Ivan. INPT1315-409
Rene Cowan, Rachel Mullen, Brian McLaughlin, Stephen Maxwell and kneeling Alice Toal, of Greenmount Vets, who are running in the Belfast Marathon to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Also pictured is Elanor Jackson and her guide dog Ivan. INPT1315-409
  • Greenmount staff on board for marathon
  • Guide Dogs charity to benefit
  • May 4 the big day in Belfast

Staff at Greenmount Veterinary Clinic are donning their running shoes as they prepare to run in the Belfast Marathon Relay on May 4.

Five staff members are taking part in the event, and they are particularly excited about raising money for their chosen charity, Guide Dogs, which provides mobility for blind and partially sighted people.

We decided to support the Guide Dogs charity because they do really exceptional work

Rene Cowan

“We decided to support the Guide Dogs charity because they do really exceptional work,” shared Rene Cowan, who works at Greenmount’s Portadown clinic.

“We have three guide dogs on record here at Greenmount - all from the Portadown area - and have a lot of contact with the charity because of that.”

Rene will be joined by colleagues, Rachel Mullen, Alice Toal, Stephen Maxwell, and Brian McLaughlin for the run, and the five are managing to train in between their busy clinic hours.

Eleanor Jackson, a client of the clinic, praised its staff members’ choice of charity.

“Three year-old Ivan has been my guide dog now for just over a year,” Eleanor said. “Ivan is fantastic - I had another guide dog before him, and the work they do has made such a difference in my life. I’m really chuffed that Greenmount are supporting Guide Dogs, as they really are transforming lives.”

Sponsorship forms and collection boxes for the team can be found at reception in both the Portadown and Richhill clinics. For more information on the charity’s work, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk