Dog days for two epic charity challenges

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Two taxi firm managers have raised nearly £900 for a charity training dogs to help people with disabilities, by taking part in Sheffield’s first ‘golfathon’.

Dermot Griffiths and Peter Holmes of Mercury Taxis raised £888 for the taxi firm’s charity of the year, Support Dogs.

The charity trains dogs to help people with epilepsy and physical disabilities and children with autism.

The two men were challenged to complete a round of golf at five golf clubs in and around Sheffield in just one day. They started at 4.40am, playing at Abbeydale, Dore and Totley, Beauchief, Tinsley and Tankersley.

They took 17 hours and 20 minutes completing the challenge.

Peter said: “It was surreal starting at Abbeydale at 4.40am as dawn broke, with only the birds for company. By 9.15pm, the light was going and the challenge officially closed at 10pm. To our relief, we did it with only two minutes to spare.”

The taxi managers are still trying to reach their £1,000 target. Visit to make a donation or text HOLE50 £1 to 70070.

Meanwhile a dog walker from Sheffield is taking part in a 100-mile 11-hour cycling race from London to Surrey for Guide Dogs on August 10.

Mark Jarvis, aged 55, from High Green, runs mobile pet care business PetPals with his wife Yvonne, and said: “Dogs form a huge part of our lives. We know what a huge difference they can make to others.

“Every penny I raise will go towards the training of puppies that will one day play a vital part in giving independence and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.”

Visit to donate.