Dog-loving Sheffield United star donates signed shirt to save rescue dogs from death sentence
Big-hearted Sheffield United defender Jack Robinson has donated a signed Blades team shirt to help a struggling animal charity survive.
The boss of Doris Banham Dog Rescue which saves rescued dogs from being put to sleep has paid tribute to Sheffield United star who has given them a lifeline during the pandemic.
Jack Robinson has stepped in to help the charity which has seen all its shops close and is facing a funding emergency.
Trudie James said: ”Jack Robinson has been wonderful to our small charity and helped to support our dogs as we have struggled to survive Covid.
“He has been to our centre to deliver food for the dogs and has sent us monthly supplies.
“He is a great dog lover and has offered us any support we wanted."
Jack recently donated his shirt signed by all his team mates to sell/auction to raise funds for the charity.
Trudie, who started the charity in memory of her mum Doris Banham and her love for animals, said 100 per cent of funds raised are spent directly on rescuing the dogs.
Volunteers are all unpaid and rescue dogs from pounds, veterinary surgeries, the police and social services who are due to be put to sleep.
“We are literally their 'last chance to live'. We operate all over the UK including Sheffield,” said Trudie.
“We had until last year a charity shop in Sheffield but we lost it due to the pandemic.
“It is people like Jack whose generosity has helped small charities like ourselves to survive the uncertain times of the pandemic when our help is even more vital for dogs at imminent risk of being put to sleep.”
Trudie has made a desperate plea for more help saying she has never been so afraid for the future of the 80 rescued dogs.She said: “We closed all three of our Charity shops as the unpaid volunteers who run them have gone into self-isolation.“Without these shops we have absolutely no chance of survival without urgently finding alternative means of funding.”If you would like to make a donation to Doris Banham Dog Rescue, visit here