Exmouth man rides out to help mistreated dogs
PUBLISHED: 16:30 02 October 2015
A young Brixington man inspired by the experiences his rescue dog went through is looking to raise funds for a pet welfare charity.
Lewis Hanson, 23, of Churchill Road, will take on a five-mile cycle challenge from Exmouth to Topsham with his brother, Sam, on Sunday, October 4.
This challenge will be even more difficult for Lewis as he suffers with insulin-dependant diabetes, epilepsy, coeliacs disease and fabrys disease, which causes kidney and heart failure and also means he cannot sweat.
He is aiming to raise funds for K-9 Angels, which tries to help mis-treated dogs in Romania.
Lewis decided to raise money for the charity after his family took on a rescue dog, Jacob, from Cyprus.
He said he was looking forward to the challenge and raising money for K-9 Angels
Lewis said: “They need a lot of help with dogs that have been treated badly.
“I just thought I would do a bike ride - it means a lot to be doing this for them.”
His brother, Sam, said: “We thought we could raise as much money as we can, just because we love dogs – we’re mad about them really.”
Lewis’s family was looking for a rescue dog when they came across K-9 Angels on Facebook.
Inspired by the work the charity was doing, they adopted Jacob.
When he arrived at his new home, Jacob had marks around his neck and what looked like burn marks.
Lewis had been planning to take on the Exe Estuary Trail between Exmouth and Topsham.
He decided to take on the challenge for K-9 Angels’ co-founder Victoria Eisermann when he found out she was doing a similar challenge. Anyone who wants to donate can go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving/ and search for Lewis Hanson.