An RSPCA inspector is to run an amazing 1,500 miles across South Africa to raise money for Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre in Nantwich.

Emma Timmis (pictured), 27, who recently became a fully-fledged RSPCA inspector, hopes to raise at least £15,000 for the RSPCA centre on London Road.

Emma, of Sandbach, starts on Saturday October 8, running 25 miles a day for 60 days from Durban to Cape Town.

She said: “I’ll be running a route known as the Freedom Trail, more commonly used by mountain bikers. It’s quite a mountainous route, and I‟ll be running on tracks and trails.

“If I manage it I will be the first woman ever to have done it.”

Accompanied by her brother, who will cycle the route, Emma plans to run for six hours a day and spend each night in a tent.

She said: “I think the biggest difficulties will be the heat and avoiding injury.

“I‟ve always wanted to do a fundraising challenge like this, and really admire the RSPCA’s work, so it’s great to be able to support it in this way.

“The RSPCA Stapeley Grange Wildlife Centre team is amazing – I take injured wildlife there almost every day and they do such a fantastic job to look after them.”

Funds will help to renovate mammal sheds which house orphaned and rescued wildlife casualties.

The centre also needs a new anaesthetic machine, oxygen concentrators, matting for outside pools and radio tracking equipment.

To support Emma visit or text EMMA50 plus the amount you want to donate to 70070.

You can follow Emma’s training and find out more about the challenge on her blog at: and on Twitter at

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