Success Stories

Marathon runner in donkey suit

Thanks to so many individuals that have put time and effort into raising money for SPANA, we have received more than £150,000 over the years! Vital money that has helped thousands of working animals.

If you are one of our fantastic fundraisers and would like to feature on our success stories page, then please email us at

Check out what some of our amazing fundraisers have been up to below and have a look at how you can get involved with fundraising for SPANA here.

The toughest footrace in history gets smashedBec Drackley, completing the Marathon des Sables

One marathon is usually the limit for most people, but not SPANA supporter, Bec Drackley who took on the Marathon des Sables, a six-day, 251 km (156 mile) ultramarathon, which is approximately the distance of six regular marathons....across the Sahara Desert! Known as the toughest footrace in history, it is not a challenge to be taken lightly so we were super proud of Bec for completing it and rasing a fantastic £750 for SPANA. That's not forgetting the £500 she raised for SPANA in 2014 whilst taking part in the Brighton Marathon. What a super star!

Melissa Chudleigh 2016 Appleby Bermuda Half Marathon Derby

Half marathon in Bermuda!

Running a half marathon is hard enough, let alone in 90% humidity, phew! Super star, Melissa took on the Appleby Bermuda Half Marathon Derby for SPANA and raised a fantastic £192.48, she even got her picture in the paper!

We know it is no mean feat running in the Bermuda heat but if you want to take on a running event abroad like Melissa did, check out how you can support us here

Jodie hits the big 3 - 0!Jodie and friend, Jeanette

The wonderful Jodie was kind enough to fundraise for SPANA at her 30th birthday party! As a horse owner she was keen to use her celebrations to help the less fortunate animals of the world. Whilst dancing, singing and drinking her family helped her sell raffle tickets, and we were chuffed to receive over £174 from the night! Thank you, Jodie, and on behalf of everyone here at SPANA and the thousands of animals we treat, Happy Birthday!

Check out how you can celebrate with SPANA, like Jodie did, here

Bunny, Chia in Santa hatCuddle a cutie

Who could resist giving this gorgeous ball of fluff a squeeze?! That’s what one of our supporters Joy Lambert thought and so started her regular (and very popular) bunny cuddling fundraiser! Joy charges a small fee for each bunny cuddle, and has raised almost £700 from five events.

Hugging an animal helps to boost happiness levels, so if you have some adorable animals, why not bring some cheer to your community and to charity by sharing them with others?


Marathon runner breaks the world record

Superwoman, Alice Burch contacted SPANA with an epic challenge- she wanted to smash the world record and run 60 marathons in 60 consecutive days! Animal lover, Alice took on this gargantuan challenge for SPANA in memory of her friend, Daniel Robins. Starting on October 1st she ran a marathon a day, despite gale force winds on some days and suffering severe pain in her ankles, knees and hips meaning one of the marathons was completed on crutches, she crossed the finish line on November 29th cheered on by friends, SPANA and the press. We are over the moon that Alice raised over £5,700 for SPANA, we don’t know anyone else that could take on a challenge like this and we can’t thank Alice enough for the pain, sweat and tears she put into her 60:60 marathon challenge for SPANA. The working animals we treat in impoverished countries have a very good friend in Alice.

Spice things up!Judith's guests eating curry

Being one of Britain's favourite foods, the curry nights that Judith Best organises were bound to be a success and they have proved to be a fantastic way to raise money for SPANA. The three curry nights that Judith organised in 2014 and 2015 in her local curry house, Red Pepper, have raised a incredible total of £1,310,
 showing that food and fundraising are the recipe for success!

Kirsten after completing the Great North Swim

Kirsten takes on Lake Windermere in the Great North Swim

Kirsten raised an incredible £460.25 by completing the 2 mile course of Lake Windermere, despite it being a chilly 16.5 degrees, brrrrr! Thank you, Kirsten!

SPANA's Fundraising Groups

Our Fundraising Groups have been working hard across the country, this year they have already raised over £3,500! We know that fundraising on your own can sometimes be a bit daunting, so why not join a SPANA fundraising group and share the load? You’ll have a network of support for your fundraising efforts, raise more money, and as you’re not on your own, you’ll have a lot more fun too. Find out more about joining a group. If there’s not one already in your area, you can always lead the way and set one up!

Anthony Smith on his 68@68 cycleAnthony Smith cycles an incredible 350 miles during his '68@68' challenge

68 year old retired vet, Anthony cycled the 350 miles of Route 68 for two charities, SPANA and Freedom from Torture. As a cycle route described on the Route 68 website as 'not for the faint hearted' Anthony said 'the ride had to be hard as a token of the suffering which my two charities try to address'. Thank you, Anthony, we hope your legs have recovered!

Amy, Steph and Lisa complete the Swansea Half Marathon for working animals across Africa and the Middle East

Amy, Steph and Lisa from Dyffryn Tywi Equine Clinic in Wales raised a brilliant £345 for SPANA by completing the Swansea Half Marathon and are over moon that the money they raised will make a big difference to the lives of  hard working horses and donkeys who don't get offered water and energy gels every 3 miles! Thank you girls!

Cakes laid out on a table at SPANA fundraiserCakes and biscuits go down a treat in Timble

Elaine Davies organised a stall selling delicious cakes and biscuits at her local coffee morning and raised over £80 for SPANA! Thank you for helping to give a brighter future to working animals and the people who depend on them.

Charity darts match hits the bullseye!

Thank you to Aisha Wilson for organising a charity darts match with her local darts team and raising a fab £80. We love Aisha's unique fundraising idea. If you're stuck for ideas for your next fundraising event why not try something new and a bit different like Aisha's charity darts match?!

Jane Cumming 10kJane runs 10k for SPANA

Despite pulled muscles and blisters (ouch!) Jane Cummins completed the Coombe Abbey 10k and raised £307.58! We love that Jane choose SPANA to run for because she believes 'hard-working animals deserve better'. Thank you for all your support Jane!

Longterm supporter raises over £8,000!

Miss J Webb has been supporting SPANA by selling postcards for over 15 years! She has raised over £8,000 for SPANA, which is an incredible amount. If you have any  postcards you think Miss Webb could sell, please send them directly to her at: 18 Hammonds Way, Totton, Southampton, SO40 3HF.

Two men and a dog posing with SPANA tee shirtVets trek the Offa's Dyke path in 12 days for veterinary charities

Former SPANA Vet Volunteers, Danny and Aaron spent 12 days trekking the 205 mile length of the Offa's Dyke path, they faced hills and blisters but we hope it was worth it for the fantastic £885 they raised for SPANA. We loved following Danny, Aaron and Boost the dog's journey on their facebook page. Thank you for all your hard work!

Isobel's amazing adventures!

Isobel Ripley's Borneo trekIsobel Ripley has done a tremendous job of fundraising for SPANA over the last few years, her amazing efforts of ceilidh dancing, show jumping, table top sales, all topped off with a trek in Borneo, have raised £2,330! Here's a picture of Isobel at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary in Borneo wearing her SPANA t-shirt. Despite the trek in Borneo taking place during the rainy season and having to encounter some unwanted leeches Isobel has already booked her next adventure and is off to trek in the Rockies in 2016! It's safe to say her next adventure won't have her meeting anymore leeches, maybe just the odd bear!

Anne Marie Bowring and her father cyclingFather and daughter cycle 100 miles for the working animals

Anne-Marie Bowring and her father cycled 100 miles for SPANA in just 7 hours and 48 minutes, and raised a fantastic £677! A HUGE thank you to them both and to all their sponsors - you have helped to provide a better quality of life for the working animals and the people that depend on them in some of the world's poorest communities.

Stamps bring in the dosh!

SPANA supporters have been sending Alan Gray stamps since 2010! All of Alan's time, effort and hard work spent sorting and selling the donated stamps has raised over £3,500 for the hardworking animals in need. We can't thank Alan enough for his dedication!

Jay Jarnet and the Classic American Cars
Classic cars put on a show! Beep beep

Jay and the Solent Renegades showed their beautiful American classic cars and asked for donations to SPANA. Their fundraising has raised an amazing £120. We love Jay's original fundraising idea, a huge thank you for choosing to support SPANA! We really couldn't continue our vital work without fundraisers like yourselves.

SPANARAMA team posing before Vet Charity Challenge 2015
SPANARAMA take part in the Vet Charity Challenge 2015

SPANA was thrilled to enter our own team in the 2015 Vet Charity Challenge. The Vet Charity Challenge is a one-day event for veterinary practices and veterinary industry employees to tackle  mountain biking, running, kayaking and puzzle-solving challenges - all against the clock! All donations to the 2015 Vet Charity Challenge  supported three animal charities: Canine Partners, International Cat Care and SPANA. SPANA is over the moon to be choosen as a nominated charity for the fourth year in a row and is very proud of SPANARAMA for taking part!

Thomas Randall posing in SPANA top after Lisbon marathonThomas runs in Lisbon on behalf of the working animals in need

The wonderful, Thomas took on the hilly Lisbon Marathon and raised a brilliant £225 for our vital work. You can read all about his training, why he's supporting SPANA and how the big day went on his blog.

Do you fancy helping working animals with a challenge on your next trip abroad?

Fay's SPANA World Tea Party is a HUGE success!

We were delighted to hear Fay Butlin held a SPANA World Tea Party in the summer. Thanks to all her hardwork and her generous guests, her tea party raised £328.50 which will go along way in providing a brighter future for working animals and the people that depend on them in developing countries. Find out how you can raise money for SPANA by holding your own Tea Party here.

Fay and Laura Butlin posing at SPANA fundraiserClothes fly off the rails for SPANA!

It's a family affair! Fay Butlin's sister, Laura Butlin arranged and held a clothes sale with all proceeds going to SPANA. Laura's Joules Seconds Sale raised £415 for SPANA  - Thank you for all the time, effort and hard work you put into raising so much for the working animals.

Sandra Britain with medal

Sandra takes on yet another race for SPANA

Sandra Britain took on the Plusnet York 10 Mile run in memory of her husband, Mel. This was the second time Sandra has run for SPANA. SPANA is so so grateful for Sandra's continued support!

Dancing for the donkeys!

Sally Lester-Shaw and the Springhead Historical Dancers have been dancing and holding cream tea fundraisers over the summer. All Sally's dancing has raised a brilliant £146.35, thank you guys!

Nicola Cooke and SPANA coffee morning helpersCoffee Morning success!

For the last two years Nicola Cooke has organised coffee monings in her local Town Hall. From these two events Nicola has donated £630 to SPANA. On behalf of all the animals we help each year we would like to thank Nicola and all her helpers for all their hard work!

Stocking up for Christmas

New supporters, Jean and Mick Izzard sold plants, fruit and veg, and jars of pickled onions from their home in the run up Christmas, they raised a superb £300 from their sale, thank you Jean and Mick!

Melody the donkey with children Melody the donkey does her bit for the less fortunate donkeys of the world

In 2015 Rachel Boreham and friends, Karen and Romi raised over £260 for SPANA by organising a Pony Drive, a table top sale AND a collection on Palm Sunday in a local church with their furry friend, Melody. As you can see from the picture, Melody was a huge hit. Thank you Rachel, Karen, Romi and of course, Melody.

A once in a lifetime trip raises life saving funds

Natasha Welch in the SaharaNatasha Welch trekked 100km of the Sahara desert in the scorching sun for SPANA and raised a whopping £3,230.  Natasha told us 'The trek was more challenging than expected but in such a different way than I thought. It was the mental aspect of continuously walking in the extreme heat, not knowing how much longer you have to keep going. On one of the hottest days (35 degrees in the shade....and there was no shade) I realised that the animals I'm doing this for go through this every day, never knowing why or when it will end. They just kept going; and with that in mind so did I'. Find out how you can have your own once in a lifetime challenge like Natasha's here

Janet Wickings in the North Sea on Christmas dayDipping for donkeys!

We shivered when we heard Janet Wicking's plans to do a Christmas Day Dip in the North Sea. Her amazing efforts raised a fab £332 for SPANA! Thank you to all her generous sponsors and obviously a massive thank you to Janet for taking time out of her Christmas day to fundraise for SPANA.

Nick's smashes his target with his 10k run!

Nick has raised a whopping £683.32 by completing the Fonthill Park CC 10K run in April 2015. Well done Nick for completing the race in 54 minutes and raising so much for SPANA.

Hilary Brown and friends circle dancingSuper SPANA supporter has got the moves

Every Christmas, Hilary Brown organises a fantastic charity Circle Dance. In 2015 Hilary and friends raised £165 for SPANA. What a great way to raise vital funds for working animals, keep fit and most importantly, have fun! Thank you, Hilary!


Equine car boot sale is a brilliant fundrasier for two fantastic causesHappy stall holders at equine car boot sale

Pat Calderbank and friends ran a bank holiday equine car boot sale and donated all proceeds to SPANA and RDA-Carriage driving for the disabled. SPANA is so grateful for the the support and delighted to receive over £86 from the day. Pat said 'It was a great opportunity to meet up with other horse lovers and sell surplus tack, and pick up some bargains!' A big thank you to  Kevin Wareing, Lloyd and Liam, and Hellen and David who all helped to make the day a big success.

Tim Adams in training for the Marrakesh Marathon

Vet travels to Marrakech to take on their 26.2 miles

Three cheers for equine Vet, Tim Adams who choose to support SPANA when he took on the Marrakech Marathon. We hope that seeing our work first hand in Marrakech helped to keep those legs moving and get him round the course. His generous sponsors have helped him raise over £730, which will make such a difference to the working animals that SPANA treats.

Feeling inspired? Read more about taking on a marathon during your next trip abroad, here

SPANA display in German pharmacy

Collecting donations and spreading the word in Germany

After seeing our work first hand whilst on holiday in Marrakesh, Dr. Aybar decided to collect donations and spread the word about SPANA's work to his customers by setting up a display in his Pharmacy in Germany. His fab display encouraged his generous customers to donate £145. Danke!



Find out how you can get involved with fundraising for SPANA.

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