A PLASTERER from Bournemouth is set to ride his push scooter the length of the country to raise money for Dogs Trust.  

Lee Nicolaou lost his ‘best friend’ 12-year-old dog Eddy to cancer last year, and having felt so lost without him by his side he took up riding a kick scooter to help take his mind off the grief.  

To commemorate Eddy, and to raise money to help dogs find homes, Lee is to embark on a 965-mile scooter adventure. 

Starting in Land’s End, Cornwall, Lee will travel on his Swifty adult kick scooter all the way up to John O’Groats in Scotland.  

He will aim to complete the challenge in 13 days, averaging a tough 75 miles per day and hopes to raise £1,000 for Dogs trust. 

Bournemouth Echo: For Eddy. Lee will scoot to commemorate his best friend For Eddy. Lee will scoot to commemorate his best friend

Speaking about his motivation for the challenge, Lee said: “Dogs are more than just a pet, they become your life and Eddy was mine.  

“The experience of losing Eddy made me think about all the dogs that aren’t as lucky as he was to be loved unconditionally and have a lovely and fulfilled life.  

“He gave me so much love and joy and I want to try and help even just one of the dogs in Dogs Trust’s care, so they too can enjoy a life filled with love.”   

Bournemouth Echo: Lee and his beloved dog EddyLee and his beloved dog Eddy

Claire Rowe, manager at Dogs Trust Salisbury, said: “This is quite a challenge that Lee is taking on, and we’re really looking forward to following his incredible journey.” 

If you would like to support Lee’s fundraising challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Lee-Nicolaou