Glasgow & West Scotland

'Ruff' challenge as Pc pounds pavements for Dogs Trust

Jamie Kerr and dog at Dogs Trust Centre Glasgow
Image caption Jamie will run a total of 191 miles to raise funds for Dogs Trust

A Lanarkshire police officer is to run eight marathons in a bid to raise cash for canine charity, Dogs Trust.

Jamie Kerr, 22, from Bellshill, began his challenge earlier this month and by the end of October hopes to have clocked up a total of 191 miles.

He will take part in a range of half-marathons and ultra-marathons across Scotland.

He became a fundraiser for the charity after sponsoring a dog at their centre in Uddingston.

The dog-loving Pc said: "I've been really sporty all my life but I've never set myself a challenge like this before.

"I own a 15-year-old Westie called Max who has the life of Riley with our family but I know that not every dog is as lucky.

"I really admire the charity for all their work looking after abandoned dogs so I decided to pound the pavements for hounds."

Sandra Downie, Dogs Trust Glasgow centre manager, added: "We were thrilled to hear that Jamie is embarking on such a huge challenge to raise money for Dogs Trust and we thank him sincerely."

The Dogs Trust centre in Uddingston looks after 135 homeless and unwanted dogs at any one time and relies solely on supporter donations and fundraising initiatives.

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