AN Andover mum who laced up her running shoes to support a cat charity has been celebrating her marathon success.

After completing the gruelling 26.2-mile marathon last year, Tracey Dawber took part in the event again this year on Sunday, April 21.

Her participation in the marathon not only marked a personal triumph but also served as a heartfelt initiative in support of Cats Protection.

She said: “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have laced up my running shoes in support of such a worthy cause.

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“With the support of my family, I tackled the 26.2-mile challenge in 5.5 hours, raising more than £1,600 for Cats Protection." 

Cats Protection, an organisation dedicated to rehoming abandoned cats and advocating for feline welfare, resonated deeply with Tracey and the team at Petpals head office, the UK’s longest-established pet-care service, where Tracey works as Franchise Support Manager. The charity not only provides shelter but also campaigns for change across the UK and offers educational resources and fostering services, including for cats whose families are fleeing domestic abuse.

This is not Tracey’s first endeavour in pushing herself for a charitable cause, taking part in the London marathon last year and raising £2,000 for Dogs Trust. This year, she aimed to replicate her success for Cats Protection and has already exceeded 80 percent of her fundraising target.

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“I was so excited to take part again this year, despite a recent injury. But the unwavering dedication to feline welfare at Cats Protection touched me deeply, compelling me to complete the challenge. Their cause, often overshadowed by more mainstream charities, truly deserves our support," she added.

Kevin Thackrah, director of Petpals, added: “Tracey’s passion for pets and dedication to their wellbeing embody our brand’s values.

"We were so proud of all of the hard work and training she put in – the entire network was behind her!”

To support Tracey’s fundraising efforts in aid of Cats Protection, visit