Dogs cycling 300 miles to raise cash for humans in need in East End

PUBLISHED: 17:44 29 August 2012 | UPDATED: 07:43 30 August 2012

Chris with Peppa (left) and Tigger (right). Dogs' mum Moppett (centre) isn't goingat 13, she's too old for the trek

Chris with Peppa (left) and Tigger (right). Dogs' mum Moppett (centre) isn't goingat 13, she's too old for the trek


Two dogs are cycling 300 miles at the weekend to raise money for humans in need in London’s East End.

Springer Spaniels Tigger and Peppa, who live with their owner in Whitechapel, both have pet passports which allows them to travel through France, Belguim and onwards to Amsterdam.

They won’t actually be peddling—their paws can’t quite manage it.

But owner Chris Lovitt, 41, is doing the pedal slogging on a specially-adapted cargo bike when he joins 20 other cyclists heading for Amsterdam on Saturday.

They hope to make it in three days to raise cash for the Bromley-by-Bow centre and for Bethnal Green’s Bikeworks All Ability cycle group.

“Peoples reaction to dogs on a bicycle is fantastic,” said Chris. “It raises the two organisations’ profiles.

“Tigger and Peppa do add a lot of weight, which makes climbing hills slow and hard work—but it also adds to the achievement when we get there.”

The dogs and their human cyclist companions set off on Saturday, covering 100 miles a day, aiming to arrive on Monday evening to raise £30,000—that’s £100 a mile.

They cross the Channel at Dover—thus avoiding the Dogger Bank.

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