On the 10 October, a group of Progress Housing Group colleagues will be attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge. The three peaks challenge is a 26-mile walk with a 4,788ft ascent over Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough - and the group plans to do it in just 12 hours to raise money for Rochdale Dog Rescue.

Many charities have been affected by the COVID pandemic not least animal charities and their ability to re-home pets, so we are doing this challenge to support one with a local connection.

Progress Lifeline Director, Loraine Simpson, says, “I have organised this year’s challenge through our walking group called ‘Boot miles and tails’ which includes colleagues from work and others who enjoy walking and of course walking with their dogs if they have them!

"Normally we do our annual charity walk in June in warmer weather but due to COVID, this, unfortunately, didn’t happen – so it’s October and we are hoping for kind Yorkshire weather!

"This year we are supporting Rochdale Dog Rescue. Su Baines has a dog called Buster and I have Jet – both are from the rescue.”

Pets are good for our mental health especially in these times of Covid-19.

Pets can help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Studies have found that:

Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets

People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets

One study even found that people with borderline hypertension who adopted dogs from a shelter decreased their blood pressure significantly within five months

Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax us.

A pet doesn’t necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish swim around in a fish tank can help reduce muscle tension and lower pulse rate!

About Rochdale Dog Rescue

The Rochdale Dog Rescue desperately needs funding and support - as sadly many more dogs will need to be re-homed as people return to work after Covid-19 or find they have to give them up after getting them for Christmas.

The rescue is a registered charity that has helped a staggering 4,693 dogs. Many of them arrive via local councils in the surrounding areas including South Ribble. Dogs that aren't placed in foster care are boarded at kennels in Eccleston which is paid for by funds that the rescue raises. Rochdale Dog Rescue also pays for vaccines as well as microchipping before dogs are matched to a new home for life.

The team is aiming to smash the challenge and raise money for this amazing charity.


Rochdale Dog Rescue charity number: 1162047

Main image shows a practice walk on 26 September – Helvellyn mountain in the English Lake District.