Zoe's Journey raises nearly £150k towards fighting cancer in dogs
PUBLISHED: 16:00 06 April 2019
A Nailsea woman's charity has raised nearly £150,000 for cancer research in dogs.
It is ‘pounds away’ from raising the amount, which was set up in memory of golden retriever Zoe.
Nailsea dog breeder Jayne May set up Zoe’s Journey to raise money for the Animal Health Trust Charity (AHTC) after she lost her beloved pet in 2015.
Jayne started fundraising as ‘no groups were out there’ offering help to families – which started as a £20 donation to the AHTC.
Jayne said: “In the winter of 2014 I gave £20 back to cancer research for dogs in Cambridge.
“In a year we raised £5,000 and now the group is just pounds away from raising £150,000 for the AHTC.”
Zoe was diagnosed with stage three lymphoma at 12 years old in August 2013.
She beat the disease with the help of chemotherapy and she died in her sleep in 2016 – more than a year and a half of being declared cancer free.
Jayne wanted to thank Portishead vet Steve Tasker of Watkins and Tasker Veterinary Group for his ‘amazing’ work in helping her achieve this.
A Facebook and Just Giving page has also been set up in Zoe’s memory.
Jayne said: “Zoe had her life, but then I wanted to do more to raise money towards funding cancer research in dogs.
“I never thought it would open a can of worms, I never thought it would be this big.”
“We lose so many dogs to cancer and I’m proud of the work the AHTC does, it must be hard to see so many dogs dying of cancer.”
The AHTC works to fight disease and injury in animals providing diagnosis, treatment and prevention to horses, dogs and cats in the UK and across the world.
She continued: “Around a third of dogs are diagnosed with the disease and I feel sad this is the case.
“I spend so much time talking to families and I see people’s lives being ripped apart after hearing the diagnosis.
“I don’t think you can be happy knowing how many dogs die of cancer every year but I’m proud of what we have done and hopefully I have done her legacy proud.”
For more information about Zoe’s Journey, visit www.zoesjourney uk.com