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Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) volunteer, Alison Bandurak, was chosen to receive an award for ‘services to retired greyhounds’ at this year’s British Greyhound Racing Board (BGRB) Awards ceremony.
As the manager of Monmore Green RGT near Wolverhampton, Alison recently celebrated rehoming her 1,000th greyhound. The BGRB Award recognises her ongoing dedication to caring for greyhounds after they retire from the racetrack.
Monmore Green RGT, one of 70 nationwide branches of the charity, was founded in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength thanks to Alison’s enthusiasm and hard work.
"I was really surprised when I heard I had won this award," comments Alison. "There are thousands of volunteers working tirelessly for retired greyhounds, but everyone – be they owners, trainers, promoters or the media – has a role to play. Greyhounds are such wonderful dogs and they all deserve to have a happy retirement once their racing careers are over."
The RGT was also celebrating as guests attending the gala dinner at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel made this year’s awards ceremony the most successful fund raising event ever for the charity. RGT volunteers collected £10,000 in donations, raised through the sale of raffle tickets and an auction.
"It was a great evening for the RGT," comments Ivor Stocker, RGT director. "It was fantastic to see Alison rewarded for all her hard work looking after retired greyhounds and promoting them as pets within her local community.
"The £10,000 we raised will go a long way to support the work of our many volunteers. I would like to thank everyone for their generous donations."
To find out more about adopting a retired greyhound from your local branch or for more information about becoming an RGT volunteer log on to www.retiredgreyhounds.co.uk or call the charity’s head office on 0844 826 842.