Cat makes chase for dogs as part of ‘purple army’

Cat Harvey from Steyning
Cat Harvey from Steyning

SHE may be called Cat but its dogs that one Steyning runner will be focusing on later this month.

Dedicated fundraiser Cat Harvey is set to pound the streets to raise money for assistance dog charity Canine Partners.

The 26-year-old, who works for the charity as trusts and corporate manager, will tackle 13.1 miles in the Reading Half Marathon on March 22 and hopes to raise £250.

“I am running for Canine Partners because every day I see these amazing dogs and the difference they make to people’s lives,” she explained.

“I hear their incredible stories, and now I want to do my bit.”

Canine Partners, based near Midhurst, trains dogs to help with everyday tasks they would otherwise find difficult, painful or impossible, including opening doors, undressing, pressing buttons and emergency response.

The dogs increase independence, confidence and provide loving companionship.

Cat, a former Steyning Grammar School student, will be part of a team of runners from the charity, including Andy Cook.

He said: “This is a special event, not only because it falls in our 25th anniversary year at Canine Partners but because it is the first time we have had more than 100 runners taking part.

“We receive no Government funding and rely solely on donations, so every penny that is raised will go towards training our assistance dogs and transforming the lives of those with physical disabilities.”

Mr Cook said the charity’s team would form a ‘purple army’ of runners in the half marathon, all aged between 17 to 62 years old. They will set off from Green Park on a route that has been made flatter and faster this year.

Visit to support Cat, who has worked with Canine Partners since 2009.

For more information about Canine Partners, visit or call 01730 716013.