Trio complete mini triathlon for donkeys

A Spofforth family completed a cycle ride, walk and swim in aid of the Brooke charity which helps donkeys and mules overseas.

The challenge was undertaken by Alice and Michael Rowbottom and their mum Marie Cousens and raised £140 over three weeks of the school holidays.

Alice, 10, and Michael, 8, wanted to raise money for the Brooke after seeing the plight of a working donkey in a Brooke television advert.

Alice, who also held a cake sale for the Brooke last Christmas, said: “It was so sad to see how the donkeys struggle, having to carry bricks all day, so we wanted to do something to help.”

The trio started their mini triathlon on July 25, first taking on a mile long swim, completing 64 lengths of Knaresborough pool.

They continued on August 1 with a seven-mile uphill walk to the misty peak of Pen-y-ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale, then finished up with a 15-mile bike ride from Spofforth to Thorpe Arch.

Michael described the challenges as “tiring but fun and all for a good cause.”

The Brooke is a charity based in the UK working with people living in developing countries to improve the lives of their working horses, donkeys and mules; animals that they depend on to live.

Their teams work in 11 different countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Marie said: “I’m really proud of Alice and Michael – they wanted to make a difference for the donkeys this summer holiday and we thought this would be a fun way to help a charity they really care about.

Visit their Just Giving fundraising page www.justgiving.com/Marie-Cousens4/.