Actor takes on cycling challenge to raise money for Dogs Trust

An award-winning actor cycled into Dogs Trust Manchester to meet some of the canine residents he’s raising money for.

Sam Newman who had leading roles in Holby City, Casualty and Doctors and starred in the West End, is aiming to raise £5,000 for Dogs Trust by cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats.

The actor started his 1,000-mile bike ride on 1 August and hopes to reach John O’Groats on 16 August, averaging at least five hours of cycling every day and climbing thousands of feet as he makes his way through the Lake District and the Scottish Highlands.

Sam says: “I’ve always had it on my mind one day I would ride the famous Land’s End to John O’Groats, and after losing my beloved dog Mosca, I decided I wanted to do something to create a better life for dogs. I’m proud that by challenging myself to cycle this route, I can help Dogs Trust and the dogs who are waiting for their forever families.”

Sam will be stopping off at as many Dogs Trust rehoming centres as possible along the way and cycled from Shrewsbury to Dogs Trust Manchester (80 miles) in a matter of hours.

Whilst at the Manchester rehoming centre he met West Highland Terrier, Jack and Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Zina who had both been looked after by Dogs Trust Manchester foster carers and were about to head off to their forever homes.

Tracey Hill, Coordinator of the Home from Home Fostering scheme, said: “It was lovely to meet Sam and great to be able to introduce him to Jack and Zina, along with their excited new families. What he’s doing is incredible and we’re really pleased he was able to come and visit us. “

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