[ 21st April 2015 ]

Volunteers honoured for their hard work

A group of dedicated volunteers who fundraise for a leading greyhound charity have been thanked for their unwavering efforts.

The 47 volunteers, who raise money for the Sheffield branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT), have been recognised by Owlerton Greyhound Stadium as part of today’s Volunteer Recognition Day (20 April) which honours all volunteers who are working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain.

The trusty bunch, who attend race nights at the Stadium and go to numerous events and shows across the region every year to promote the RGT and raise awareness of what great pets greyhounds make, were presented with a special certificate as a thank you for their work. Seven of the volunteers come from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.

One of the most recent volunteers, Steve Cowton from Barnsley who has been working with the RGT for seven months, said: “It is lovely to be recognised and thanked for what we do. We all have greyhounds of our own so know what lovely pets they are and just want to let other people know too! It is also great to be part of the team and try to raise as much money as possible so we can help more retired greyhounds find loving new homes.”

Yorkshire’s leading greyhound track currently rents a farm for the RGT which needs over £100,000 a year to continue its work so the fundraising is a vital way to raise the money needed.

John Gilburn, chair of the Sheffield RGT and managing director of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “It is only down to the work of our incredible volunteers that we are able to keep our farm going and help to find loving homes for retired greyhounds.

“We can’t thank the volunteer team enough for all they do for us and we were delighted to present them with something to mark their efforts and to let them know how much they are appreciated.”

Since its formation in 2006, the Trust, currently based at Gosling Moor Farm in Wortley and heavily subsidised by Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, has found new homes for more than 1,000 retired greyhounds.

For more information about the Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust, to help give a dog a home or volunteer at the farm email mailto:Sheffield@greyhoundtrust.org.uk, visit www.greyhoundtrustsheffield.com or call 0114 288 8300.