Scotts hit the road again

2016-07-06 06:00
Beverly and Patrick Scott will be Walking for Paws and Claws for the sixth time on July 3.                      Photo: SUPPLIED

Beverly and Patrick Scott will be Walking for Paws and Claws for the sixth time on July 3. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WHAT do an advocate, a music teacher, bagpipes, the UK and walking shoes have in common?

That’s an easy question for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) to answer - Beverley and Patrick Scott.

On July 3, they set out on the South Downs Way, a long distance footpath in Southern England, leaving Winchester and arriving in Eastbourne on July 11, having covered 160km.

They combine their love of walking with raising funds for the Animal Antic-Cruelty League Spayathon fund.

This will be their 6th walk for the cause and to date they have already walked 1 181 km.

When they complete the South Downs Way, they will have covered 1 341 km in total – which is more than the 1 272 km from Durban to Cape Town.

Their trips include daily updates on their Facebook page, Walking for Paws and Claws, some light-hearted banter, and the increasingly popular Pub Challenge, which accounts for the bulk of the donations.

Beverly and Patrick sponsor R10 to the cause at every pub they visit along the way and challenge any willing participants to do the same.

According to Linda-Louise Swain of the AACL, their walks generally raise anything between R12 000 and R25 000 and have been responsible for hundreds of sterilisations - ending the abuse and neglect of over-breeding for so many animals.

Some of their trips get more interesting than others.

“Their trip down the Dales Way, a long distance footpath in Northern England, in 2013 saw them lost on the moors when the rolling mist came in.

“Last year the Thames Path had Beverley ending up in a ditch with an injured ankle, after a passing cyclist sent her sprawling on the narrow path,” said Linda-Louise.

However, many friends and brief acquaintances are made along the way and they are doing what they love for a cause that is close to their heart.

Their walks coincide with visits to their children in London.

Their son, William, passed away in February and this walk will be done in his memory.

According to Linda-Louise, Beverley and Patrick cover all their own costs and every cent made goes directly into the AACL outreach account.

“We ask the public to please get involved, join or “Like” the Walking for Paws and Claws Facebook page and become part of making a difference. The cost of a sterilisation at one of our Spayathons is R250. Any donations are greatly appreciated and the Pub Challenge is a really fun way of joining in on their daily escapades,” said Linda-Louise.

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