RSPCA asks families to take part in new Little Steps challenge to raise funds for animals

The RSPCA has launched a new fundraising challenge for young children called Little Steps.

Families can choose their distance and location and take part in the sponsored event running from Saturday 14 August to Sunday 22 August, 2021.

Any young animal lover who raises over £50 will then receive a RSPCA superhero cape.

Emily Lyle, Fundraising Event Manager at the RSPCA, said: “This summer we’re calling on children to take part in their own Little Steps walk, to help cancel out cruelty. By taking on a Little Steps walk and asking friends and family to sponsor you, we can help even more animals when they need us most. All you have to do is sign up and get your sponsorship form, pick your distance – one mile is a popular choice –  choose your date and get those little feet moving!”

Emily, whose son Oliver, one, and his cousin Sophia, five, recently took part in Little Steps (pictured above), said: “We know that the next generation cares deeply about animals and the planet and we’re thrilled to see so many children engaging with the RSPCA and wanting to do something to help us help animals in need. We have launched Little Steps as an opportunity to get moving this summer holiday and do something nice as a family to help animals.”

Virgin radio DJ and former Big Brother winner Kate Lawler is taking part in Little Steps with her dogs Baxter and Shirley, her partner Martin Bojtos and baby Noa. The RSPCA ambassador will be taking on the challenge this Saturday. (14 August)

She said: “I was shocked to find out that every summer there’s a big rise in calls to the RSPCA to help animals that have been hurt on purpose so this year the RSPCA is calling on children to take part in a Little Steps walk. Our little girl Noa can’t walk yet, but she’s all set for her very first fundraiser riding in her stroller.”

The RSPCA gets around 84,000 calls to its cruelty line every month and around 1,500 of those are about intentional cruelty. But the charity sees a rise in the Summer by around 400 calls, on average, per month. This means 47 calls every day or two every hour.

Everyone who takes part in Little Steps will receive a personalised thank you certificate. Raise over £50 to get your very own RSPCA cape and for those fundraising superstars that raise over £150 you’ll receive a free subscription to Animal Action magazine too.

The charity also have lots of resources to make your walk even more fun! Download a Scavenger Hunt and see how many things you can find on your adventure.

For more information or to sign up visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/fundraise/littlesteps