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Harry.jpgA Rugby pensioner and his trusty companion Cassie have been chosen to head a national campaign to profile the work of volunteers across the country.

Harry Hanson, aged 81, gave a home to retired greyhound Cassie six years ago. Since then the two and Harry's scooter have become familiar faces around Rugby, raising funds and helping to raise the profile of greyhounds as pets for his local branch the Rugby and Coventry Retired Greyhound Trust.

Harry, from Bilton, works tirelessly for the Trust, and can be found meeting and greeting locals at Blooms Garden Centre and Pets at Home in Rugby almost every Saturday afternoon.

Volunteers are the backbone of a charity like the Retired Greyhound Trust, so the organisation has launched a campaign to profile its volunteers from across the country in the run up to Volunteering England's official celebration of volunteers, Volunteers' Week in June.

Harry is one of hundreds of volunteers at 72 branches of the Retired Greyhound Trust across the country.

Harry said: "It all started after my wife died three years ago. I had been receiving the Trust newsletters calling for volunteers to help raise awareness of greyhounds as pets and to generate funds. I thought I should do my bit. It is now a key part of my life.

"Greyhounds are fantastic pets and I will do anything I can to help find those in our kennels a new loving home. I spend most of my Saturday afternoons outside big stores talking to locals who might be interested in a dog as a pet and raising money that helps to feed and house the greyhounds until homes can be found for them.harry1.jpg

"Cassie has been a wonderful companion for me. She loves lots of fuss and she only needs two twenty minute walks a day, so it is not demanding for someone of my age and the walks she does need help to get me out and about."

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

To find out more about volunteering or adopting a retired greyhound from the Rugby and Coventry Retired Greyhound Trust, please tel: 01788 833855 or log on to