A 91-YEAR-OLD former paratrooper from Bingley successfully completed a 50km charity walking challenge in support of Dogs Trust Leeds.

Over the past 15 years, Jeffrey Long has raised £400,000 for charitable causes, and his latest endeavour has raised just under £250 for the dog welfare charity.

In September, he embarked on the walking challenge despite undergoing daily chemotherapy treatment. His mission was to make a difference in the lives of countless dogs in need.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dogs Trust rehoming manager Emma Wakefield thanks Bingley man Jeffrey Long.Dogs Trust rehoming manager Emma Wakefield thanks Bingley man Jeffrey Long. (Image: UGC)

Since 2007, Jeffrey has been an ardent fundraiser, and in recognition of his voluntary services, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2010.

Reflecting on his latest challenge, Jeffrey said: “I’m a doggy man, and I’m well aware of Dogs Trust and the valuable work it does. Dogs Trust is special to me because the charity takes in dogs that may have come from a pound, a dog warden or as strays. They look after those dogs, train them if necessary and do the best to find the perfect home for them.”

Emma Wakefield, rehoming centre manager at Dogs Trust Leeds, said: "Jeffrey's support means the world to us, and the funds he has raised will go a long way in providing a brighter future for the dogs in our care."