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A 17-year-old boy from Lincolnshire has completed an impressive feat of endurance in the name of charity, running 14km every day for two weeks.

Olly Rymer from Walcot near Sleaford completed the challenge on Sunday, February 21, running a total of 196 kilometres over a two week period.

He ran 14km a day 14 times to raise money for Young Minds, the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health.

Olly was spreading the word about young people’s mental health while out running.

Olly’s routes took him on a tour of his local villages in Lincolnshire, including Newton, Braceby, Sapperton and Pickworth.

At the time of reporting, Olly has raised an impressive £4,086 for Young Minds, braving blisters and icy weather to complete the mammoth challenge.

Olly braved treacherous conditions during his running challenge.

Olly said of the challenge: “I wanted to try and help young people who are struggling with mental health issues, and our current situation with COVID-19 means there is more demand than ever.”

If you want to donate to Olly’s fundraiser, you can visit his JustGiving page here.

There are several cute felines and adorable canines looking for a new home within half an hour’s drive from Lincoln.

A black poodle called Jet and a domestic shorthair cat named Tilly are available to adopt now from RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln.

A further seven (meet them below) will be available in the near future. Applications are not being accepted for those seven just yet, as many of them are undergoing medical attention or rehabilitation, but you can keep an eye on their journey before they are ready to be rehomed soon.

See more information about the animals needing rehoming and how you can adopt them here.

Chantal Pallot, Branch Administrator at RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln, said: “I’d like to thank everyone for supporting us through the last 10 months. We’ve managed to help lots of dogs, cats and guinea pigs find their forever homes in a very difficult, ever changing, uncertain year.

“I’d also urge anyone to think very hard before considering adopting a pet whilst in lockdown. It’s a huge responsibility and you need to make sure you’ll be able to provide for an animal once everything returns to normal.”

Meet the pets who need a new home


Jet – ready to adopt

Jet the poodle. | Photo: RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln

Jet the poodle is around 10 years old. He is fully of energy and can run around like a dog half his age.

After major dental work he only has three teeth, but he has no problems with food and loves a soft treat every now and then. He is quite large though so will need someone able to keep hold of him.


Tilly – ready to adopt

Tilly the domestic shorthair cat. | Photo: RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln

Tilly is a black and white domestic shorthair cat, who is around 4-years-old.

She has a few medical issues and needs a very specific diet. She can only eat anallergenic food as normal food makes her poorly.

She would be best off being the only cat in the house and is a very loving girl with a loud purr. She is also happy to live with older children or just adults, but would prefer a dog free home.


Lightning – available soon

Lightning is a domestic shorthair cat. | Photo: RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln

Lightning is a friendly three-year-old tabby and white domestic shorthair cat.

He will be looking for a home once he’s recovered from his neutering.

Lightning is a lovely natured cat who enjoys playing and getting attention from humans. He is looking for a home he can explore.


Max – available soon

Max is a Japanese Spitz dog. | Photo: RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln

Max is around eight-years-old and is a white Japanese Spitz dog, who will be available for rehoming as soon as he’s recovered from his neutering.

He is a fluffy dog who is a big fan of getting cuddles and attention from humans.

He also really enjoys a good walk, but is not too fond of other dogs so will need to be the only one in his new home. The RSPCA said he will be best off somewhere with teenagers or in an adult only home.


Salem  – available soon

Salem is awaiting more surgery before being available for rehoming soon. | Photo: RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln

Salem is around 10 months old and is a black domestic shorthair cat.

He is currently recovering from surgery and is awaiting more in the near future. He has had extensive surgery to relieve his blocked bladder, having been catheterised twice.

The RSPCA is trying to raise £3,8000 to cover Salem’s vet bills – donations can be made here.

Salem’s favourite hobby is sprinting full pelt around the whole house then annoying his foster brother until he plays with him.


Klopp – available soon

Klopp is a domestic shorthair cat. | Photo: RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln

Klopp is only around eight months old and is a tortie domestic shorthair cat. He has been with the Lincoln branch for over three months now and will be looking for his forever home soon.

He’s not had the best of luck with health problems after arriving at the branch with a nasty virus. The virus has gone, but the RSPCA is now trying different ways to sort his tummy to make him 100% healthy.

Klopp has a lovely nature and just wants to play. He will need to go to a home with a family who will be able to continue his house training as he sometimes forgets to use the litter tray.


Sassy – available soon

Sassy is a domestic shorthair cat. | Photo: RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid &

Sassy is around five-years-old and is a very loving black domestic shorthair cat, who will be looking for her forever home soon.

She arrived at the Lincoln branch with some dry patches of skin and a habit of over grooming her legs and tail.

The RSPCA are trying lots of different treatments to work out what is causing the itchiness before she can be rehomed.


Floki – available soon

Floki is one and the ‘new kid on the block’. | Photo: RSPCA Lincolnshire Mid & Lincoln

Floki is a brown and white domestic shorthair cat, who is around one-year-old.

She came into the Lincoln branch looking a bit of a state as fleas had taken a toll, but the RSPCA are working hard to get Floki ready to be available for rehoming after vaccinations, microchipping and neutering.

Floki is very friendly with a loud purr.


Two cats and a further three dogs are now in RSPCA care after being found in poor condition at the same property in the Skegness area where over 26 neglected animal were discovered.

The recent discovery came after the RSPCA was alerted to the plight of what was originally believed to be 30 neglected dogs last month. Some had to have their fur shaved off and many had to have dental work.

It has since been clarified that there were 26 dogs, who were found with badly matted fur and covered in faeces, before a further three were taken into RSPCA care.

The RSPCA said on Friday, February 5 that the three Belgian-Shepherd-type dogs are now in the care of Radcliffe Animal Centre in Nottingham, meaning a total of 29 canines have been rescued relating to this investigation.

Two female cats were also signed over into RSPCA care. One cat called Purdy, aged around 5, had untreated cat flu which had affected her eyes. Sadly, one of them was so badly damaged it had to be removed.

A female cat called Purdy before and after her operation. | Photo: RSPCA

After surgery, the charity said she now seems more comfortable and content.

Her feline friend Penny, who is a similar age, was heavily pregnant and was also found to have cat flu.

She sadly had a miscarriage at the weekend and it was found that she had a womb infection. She has since been neutered and is recovering.

Ella Carpenter, manager at the centre, said: “Both cats will stay with us to help them recover from recent stressful events and once they are ready they will be found a loving home.

“These two cats are an example of just how important it is to keep vaccinations up-to-date to protect against cat flu – neutering cats can also prevent dangerous infection of the womb.”

In addition, three male Belgian Shepherd-type dogs from the same address were handed into the care of the centre last week from the same property.

The dogs are called Zen, aged 8, Kato and Cairo, both aged 4.

They were not suffering from the matting of the longer haired smaller breeds, but their coats were described as foul smelling due to the long-term kennel conditions they had been kept in.

A German Shepherd dog called Kato, aged 4. | Photo: RSPCA

They joined three German Shepherds who were previously signed over from the same property, who are in a rehabilitation programme.

They are called Spider, 6, Tia, 10, and Voodoo, 6.

Three of the dogs found neglected in Skegness before and after their transformations. | Photo: RSPCA

Two of the dogs after matts were removed. | Photo: RSPCA

The moment the first 26 dogs were rescued from neglect by the RSPCA was captured on video, showcasing their much-needed makeover.

A further video below shows the rehabilitation of the matted dogs and their transformation.

The Lincolnite previously asked the RSPCA what action has been or will be taken against the owner and if there would be any further investigation.

The charity said that due to GDPR reasons it was unable to disclose what action has been taken.

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