Barking mad skydive for Sheffield greyhounds

Oliver Haigh at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.
Oliver Haigh at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.
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A Owlerton Greyhound Stadium employee will swap the thrills of the racetrack for the adrenalin of the airfield when he takes part in a charity sky dive next month.

Oliver Haigh, of Highfield, Sheffield, will jump thousands of feet from a plane to raise money for the Retired Greyhound Trust.

The 22-year-old has worked at Owlerton in the kitchens and more recently in the greyhound racing office for six years.

He said: “Working in the racing office and having so much contact with greyhounds, I have grown a real appreciation for what a loving character they have.

“I have always said that once I have settled down, I will adopt my own.

“Hopefully this charity event will not only raise money for the trust but will also raise awareness.

“These dogs need a home after their racing career and sadly, people sometimes underestimate how much of a loving pet they can be.”

Oliver was asked to take part by Owlerton kennelhand Tamminy Gleeson, and, tempted by the thrill, was only too happy to oblige.

They will complete the dive, organised by Racing Post and Sky Sports presenter Julie Collier, above Wansford Road Airfield in Peterborough on Monday, June 16.