Man and his dog kayak across the country for St Helens charity

John Oakley  kayaking with his dog Max
John Oakley kayaking with his dog Max

A big-hearted dad will spent a week kayaking with his dog Max to raise money for the St Helens branch of the RSPCA.

John volunteers his time for the branch and alongside this has already raised more than £500 of his £1,000 target to help those animals most in need.

John will be making the journey from Hull to Warrington - nearly 100 miles - with Max who he adopted from the RSPCA.

John will be camping alongside the canals with Max - in his customised jacket - during the week long journey.

He will start on Sunday, September 18 in Goole and finishing on Saturday, September 24 at the London Bridge Inn in Appleton, Warrington, at around 1pm.

John will be taking on the challenge in memory of his dad and will begin his challenge on September 18, the date that would have been his 81st birthday.

John said: “After volunteering here for six months and seeing the fantastic work the RSPCA do, I decided I wanted to give more.

“I then discovered that Max, our adopted dog, loved kayaking with me. I thought this challenge would be a nice way for him to say ‘thank you’ for all the care he received from the RSPCA in Warrington.”

Local RSPCA fundraiser Natalie Bargery said: “We are so grateful to John for all he does volunteering for our branch.

“The staff, volunteers, and animals all love having John around and we want to help him raise as much money as possible on this epic adventure.

“The RSPCA branch will be holding a small welcome home event for John and Max at the pub on Saturday September 24 also.”

To sponsor John and Max anyone can visit his justgiving page- https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/John-Oakley3 or text John24 £3 to 70070.

John and Max are raising money directly to help the RSPCA Warrington, Halton and St Helens branch. The branch is a cruelty case boarding centre. This means that the animals in their care have been removed by inspectors due to neglect or abuse.

They are cared for by our team of staff and volunteers until the prosecution cases come to an end.

Once the cases are concluded the animals are signed over and we can begin the process of finding them a permanent and loving home. It can take time and patience due to the severe neglect and cruelty they have experienced.