Runners’ aim is Avalanche of money for seals at East Winch

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A gruelling endurance run by four workers at Maxview in Setch will raise moneyfor sick seals at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre.

The quartet are taking part in the Avalanche Run in Leicestershire tomorrow, a 20km event over challenging terrain, including 32 obstacles.

The four taking part are Stuart Riches, 39, of Sedgeford, Joe Kierman, 32, of Wisbech, Shaun Pirie, 20, and Jake Lovell, 20, both from Lynn.

Mr Riches, design and development manager at the company said: “We are actually quite close to the East Winch Wildlife Centre and after we had heard on the news the sad story about all the stranded seals we decided to help. Our team name had been Maxview SAS – and this of course can now stands for Save a Seal.

“We have been asking friends, families and our clients to sponsor us and so far have raised £441 which is great and our target is £750.

“None of us have actually done anything like this before – it is a little scary – but I am sure we will survive and complete it. Plus it is great to be able to do something like this for such a great cause.”

Alison Charles centre manager at East Winch said: “We are so grateful to these guys for fundraising for the seals – we really appreciate it and wish them the best.

“People have been incredibly generous and we really have been overwhelmed by the way people have wanted to help. The seals’ plight has clearly touched a lot of people’s hearts.”

The RSPCA’s East Winch centre had 108 seal pups in its care after a tidal surge in December – more than it had ever dealt with at any one time in its 25 year history.