Sleeping out to raise money for Street Paws charity
Canine first aid educator Rachel Bean and dog expert Diane Hannon will sleep overnight in the Dog E Dayz daycare facility in Failsworth, to raise much needed funds for the Street Paws charity.
The pair will set up a camp in the play area at the centre, and are inviting donors to decide exactly where they should sleep in the cold building.
"This is the second time we have slept out for charity, and last time I ended up sleeping on a trampoline! It sounds comfortable, but it's actually freezing cold." Said Diane, who also is the owner of Dog E Dayz, which cares for beloved pets while their owners are at work.
Diane was inspired to create the One Paw 2 Another challenge for Street Paws, after speaking with pal Rachel, who is a qualified veterinary nurse.
Rachel is the Manchester coordinator for Street Paws, and dedicates spare time to helping the pets of homeless people on the streets of the city.
She is a qualified veterinary nurse, and wrote the iPET Network course on canine first aid, which she delivers at training sessions around the UK.
Diane, who will bring along French bulldog Brook for support on the night of the challenge, added: "We have done quite a lot for charity in the past but never for Street Paws, and particularly at this time of year it really hits home how awful it must be for people living on the streets.
"What Street Paws does for homeless people and their pets is amazing, and we are proud to be doing something to support that work."
Diane and Rachel's big sleep out takes place on February 12, and they hope that people will visit their Facebook event page and sponsor their challenge.
Rachel from Grotton, who will be kept company on the night by her Labrador Chilli (pictured), said: "It won't be the most comfortable of nights, but whatever we can do to raise funds and awareness of the work of Street Paws is all worth it.
"Also, from a personal perspective, sleeping away from the comfort of our own homes and beds, with only the dogs for company shows us a little of what it is like for the homeless people that Street Paws helps."
To find out more about the One Paw 2 Another challenge and to donate go to www.facebook.com/Onepaw2another/
To find out more about the work of Street Paws go to www.streetpaws.co.uk