An adventurous vet nurse at a leading Cheshire eye hospital has scaled the heights to raise more than £400 for the charity Cats Protection.

Vicki Henshaw, who works at Linnaeus-owned Eye Vet in Sutton Weaver, travelled through Switzerland, France and Italy to complete her 56-kilometre fundraising trek across the Alps.

Vicki, who is donating the cash to the Warrington branch of the nationwide cat charity, said the five-day trip was hard work but an incredible experience. 

She said: “The trek covered a 56km section of the Tour Du Mont Blanc and was very challenging but also really enjoyable, with some spectacular scenery. 

“We covered 2,600 metres of inclines, so got some amazing views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

“The weather was tremendous but very hot for hiking, especially those constant steep inclines hour after hour! 

“My fellow trekkers and our tour guide were terrific, though, and I'd really recommend the experience.” 

Vicki, who only began hiking this year, revealed it was her own cat called ‘Tuesday’ which inspired the fundraising effort for the UK’s leading cat welfare charity. 

She added: “I was raising money for Cats Protection as my own cat Tuesday was a rescue cat who I adopted from their Warrington branch nine years ago. 

“As a veterinary nurse at Eye Vet, I know how important this charity is and I wanted to support the rehoming and neutering of local cats, and help provide the Warrington branch with vital funds to help carry on their work. 

“That’s why I paid for the whole trip myself. I wanted to ensure all the donations go straight to the cats!”

Vicki’s feline support is reflected by Eye Vet, which has just received its silver award from the prestigious International Society of Feline Medicine (ISFM). 

The ISFM launched the cat-friendly clinic initiative to encourage veterinary clinics to make changes to improve the welfare of cats in their care. 

The programme advises practices on how to make their environment as welcoming as possible for cats, as well as providing support in staff training, handling techniques and cat-specific client care, with the silver award earned by Eye Vet one of the highest levels of accreditation. 

There is still time to donate to Vicki’s JustGiving page, which can be found at:

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