Dog-loving Desborough schoolgirl running to help Irthlingborough animal rescue charity

Kaycee will take on a 5km run to help feed and house pets in need

By Alison Bagley
Thursday, 6th May 2021, 2:35 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 2:36 pm

A pet-mad Desborough schoolgirl who was looking to give a forever home to a dog has decided to support one of the animal charities helping her with a fundraising run.

Kaycee Oakes and her family, mum Carolyn, dad Neil and brother Cody, were on the lookout for a new four-legged friend, contacting various rescue centres for help.

When kind-hearted Kaycee saw how the coronavirus pandemic had affected the ability of the groups to fundraise, she decided to put her trainers on and leap into action.

Kaycee with her old pet dog Mac

The sporty nine-year-old has chosen to support Irthlingborough-based Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing & Adoption (NANNA) with the 5km run later this month.

Mum Carolyn said: "She loves animals and she's looking forward to getting a dog.

"We chose NANNA because of the pandemic they have not had the money coming in. Charities like NANNA are really struggling.

"We have been looking for a dog for two years and want to give one a new home."

Kaycee has been training

The family are ready to own another dog after the death of their beloved pet Mac.

Kaycee, who attends Loatlands Primary School, wanted to raise £1,000 but has set her sights a little lower, and has nearly reached her £200 target.

She has been training at Desborough's Junior Parkrun doing 2km runs as well as keeping fit with kick boxing and gymnastics in preparation for the big day.

Kaycee said: "I'm looking forward to the run. It's going to be difficult but I'm training.

Kaycee with Mac the dog

"I love all animals but my favourites are dogs - they are so cute and adorable. I would like to get a Staffie cross."

Kaycee accompanied by dad Neil will be running the course on May 24.

To help support Kaycee with her fundraising run for NANNA please click here.