One of our amazing Veterinary Nurses is aiming high as she prepares to complete the National Three Peak Challenge in just 24 hours to raise funds for the Blue Cross animal charity.

Beth Backhouse, a Registered Veterinary Nurse (RVN) here at Kentdale Referrals in Milnthorpe, Cumbria, is taking on the tallest peaks in Scotland, Wales and England – Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Scafell Pike.

The Edinburgh University graduate, who joined us in 2019, said her charity mission would be a huge challenge, with all three climbs having to be completed within 24 hours, including travel between each.

Beth said: “Tackling the three peaks involves climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in just 24 hours. The climbs cover a total distance of 23 miles and an elevation of 10,052ft, so it’s sure to be a challenging but amazing 24 hours.

“I have chosen to raise money for The Blue Cross because, as a vet nurse, it seems fitting to raise money to help and support animals and their owners.  It’s a charity which provides expert care, services and support for pets and people throughout their life together.

“The help they offer includes veterinary treatment, finding loving new homes for pets, behavioural advice, support with pet bereavement and education for future generations. It really is a fantastic cause, so any donations, no matter how small, would be greatly appreciated as I’m hoping to raise £500.”

Beth, who is originally from Windermere, is an experienced climber and has already tackled the famous Wainwright mountains in the Lake District.

She is now hoping conditions will be favourable for the June 22 fundraiser, adding: “We picked June in the hope of good weather but trying to predict British weather is pointless, so we will just have to take whatever is thrown at us on the day!”

Anyone who would like to support Beth can visit her JustGiving page to find out more and to donate here