Sheffield greyhound charity searching for more volunteers

Philip Stent with Woody
Philip Stent with Woody
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A pensioner who had his first racing greyhound as a teenager is urging other dog lovers to volunteer for a leading canine charity.

Philip Stent, 73, from Deepcar, had his first racing greyhound when he was 19 and has volunteered with the Sheffield branch of the Retired Greyhound Trust for the last 13 years.

Mr Stent’s latest greyhound is Woody, who he found via the trust, which is based at Gosling Moor Farm in Wortley.

He said: “The RSPCA contacted the RGT because they had found a greyhound tied to a tree in Grenoside and didn’t have space for him. As soon as I saw him, I fell in love with him so took him home. Greyhounds make ideal pets.”

He is now on the hunt for more charity volunteers.

Philip said: “We are always on the lookout for genuine people who can help out for an odd evening a week or come along to a show.”

Owlerton Stadium currently rents a farm for the RGT which needs over £100,000 a year to continue its work.

John Gilburn, chair of the Sheffield RGT and managing director of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “We can’t thank the volunteer team enough for all they do for us and we hope we can attract more people to get involved and help out.”

For more information about the Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust email info@sheffieldretiredgreyhounds.co.uk, visit www.sheffieldretiredgreyhounds.co.uk or call 0114 288 8300.