Retired Greyhound Trust
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Graham and Angela

Graham and Angela.jpgA Warrington couple who have devoted their lives to running a charity to find homes for retired greyhounds as well as working full-time have been chosen to help profile the invaluable work of volunteers across the country.

Graham Auld and Angela Phillips who run the Merseyside Retired Greyhound Trust, are fronting a campaign to recruit new volunteers, home more retired greyhounds as pets and to help secure much-needed funds for the charity.

Volunteers are the backbone of a charity like the Retired Greyhound Trust, so the organisation has teamed up with Volunteering England and Volunteers' Week to profile the work of volunteers across the country.

Graham, who works full-time as a parts manager for Warrington Isuzu, spends every spare moment after work and every weekend at the Trust's kennels in Bold Heath, near Widnes meeting potential new owners, walking, grooming and feeding the dogs, trips to the vets and fundraising. Graham's partner, Angela devotes seven days a week volunteering for the charity.

Angela said: "We love greyhounds, that's why we do what we do. It can be difficult when you have so many dogs to look after and Graham has full-time work to hold down as well. It is a lot of hard work and you have to really love it. We live and breathe retired greyhounds. Every spare minute of our time is dedicated to finding homes for the dogs in our kennels and at the moment we have 16 who need new owners.

"Graham gets back from work and he is straight on to the computer or the phone on Retired Greyhound Trust business.

"I spend seven days a week on the phone talking to new owners, rallying our great team of volunteers for various shifts at the kennels or for fundraising events.

"We have about 12 volunteers, including Joanne Johnson who seems to spend as much time as we do volunteering, who help us and I don't know what we would do without them. It is a great team, but we are always on the lookout for more help.

"There is no regular commitment needed and no pressure to pledge a set amount of time every week. We just appreciate whatever people can give. There are many different jobs to choose from, including walking the dogs, grooming, home checks and fundraising events."

Graham and Angela, who have four retired greyhounds themselves, have spent more than 10 years involved in helping retired greyhounds and took on their own branch of the charity two years ago. Since then they have homed 180 retired greyhounds across the Cheshire, Wirral and Merseyside region.

The Retired Greyhound has teamed up with Volunteering England to become an official partner of Volunteers' Week from the 1 to 7 June 2010 to recognise the great work of its volunteers.

To find out more about volunteering or adopting a retired greyhound, tel: 01925 638858 or log on to