Nigel pictured with Pasha and Bran
When Shropshire’s answer to Stirling Moss was looking to support ex-racing greyhounds he saw an opportunity to combine his love of racing cars with the charity that supports the dogs.
Nigel Churchett, who lives in Market Drayton in Shropshire, and works in information security decided to put the logo of the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT), the national charity that supports ex-racing greyhounds, on his racing car.
"It was a natural racing combination. Greyhounds are so sleek and agile and my Spyder car has similar qualities being designed for sprint and hill climb events," said Nigel.
Nigel now hopes that by having the RGT logo on the bonnet of his car and the website address on both sides, he will raise awareness of the charity and encourage others to think about adopting or sponsoring a greyhound. This year the RGT is aiming to home over 3,000 retired greyhounds through its 60 branches across the country.
Brought up with dogs, Nigel was struck by the need for ex-racing greyhounds to be found loving homes in which they could curl up and sit out their retirement. He has two greyhounds of his own and says they make fantastic pets. Pasha is a nine-year-old brindle who has lived with Nigel for the past six months and Bran is a ten-year-old white and fawn dog, who, according to Nigel, still thinks he’s a puppy.
"Although he is ten, he still thinks he is a puppy and is really playful for a greyhound and for his age. Most people would think that being very lively is normal for an ex-racing dog but most retired greyhounds want nothing more than to put their feet up. Contrary to common beliefs they don’t even need much exercise. Just two twenty minutes walks a day will suffice and then they will pretty much want to curl up and sleep," he said.
Both dogs absolutely love cars but Nigel admits the convertible racing car, which he takes to events all over the UK and Europe, is not for them. "It’s not really an everyday car. When I go to work or take them out, it’s back to the basic estate car," he said.