[ 1st January 2015 ]

Charities boosted by top dog fundraising

A group of charities are almost £70,000 better off thanks to fundraising support from a Sheffield sports venue. Owlerton Greyhound Stadium helped to raise £68,450 for 30 local, regional and national good causes during 2014. Organisations including Ella’s Fund and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice hosted race nights and special events at Owlerton to raise funds to support their work. The stadium’s annual Ladies Day raised more than £5,000 for St Luke’s Hospice. Owlerton also regularly fundraises for the Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust, which finds loving homes for retired greyhounds at the end of their careers.

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Stadium, said: “We’re proud to support a number of local charities each year. In fact, since 2010, we have helped raise more than £230,000 for local, regional and national good causes. “We’re a community-focused stadium and every year we place great importance on helping a variety of charity appeals and initiatives. “The race nights are always hugely popular and it’s fantastic that they have helped to raise much-needed funds for so many different organisations.”

One of the organisations to benefit was St Wilfrid’s – a day centre for homeless and vulnerable people in Sheffield, which raised £3,000 at an Owlerton race night. The money has gone towards a £1.8million appeal to build a new residential centre. Kevin Bradley, director of St Wilfrid’s Centre, said: “It was a great pleasure to work with Owlerton Greyhound Stadium. We not only raised money for our Residential fund but also enjoyed a great night out!”

It comes as Owlerton has launched a new FundRacer scheme offering free race night tickets to local sports clubs or charities to sell and raise funds for the benefit of their organisation.

For more information about FundRacer or to hold a charity race night at Owlerton Stadium call 0114 234 3074 visit www.owlertonstadium.co.uk.