Sarah Horner, lead volunteer at the Retired Greyhound Trust’s (RGT) Lancashire and Belle Vue branch, was awarded the George Ford Award for services to Retired Greyhounds.
The Services to Retired Greyhounds Award, which recognises outstanding work in the rehoming of ex-racing greyhounds, has been awarded to stellar individuals since 1999. This is the third year the George Ford Award Trophy has been awarded with this top honour.
Frances Allen, RGT Trustee and Chair of the Veterinary Committee, presented the trophy to Lancashire and Belle Vue volunteers Debbie and Gemma Wilmott, who collected the award on Sarah’s behalf. Mrs Allen said: “I am pleased to present the George Ford Award for Services to Retired Greyhounds to Sarah Horner from our Lancashire and Belle Vue Branch.
“The Trust wouldn’t be able to help so many greyhounds without the support of our volunteers and tonight we recognise the achievements of Sarah Horner, an extraordinary lady. She has built one of the Trust’s most successful branches that has homed over 250 greyhounds in the last three years alone.”
Sarah Horner said: “We are very proud of our branch and what we have done so far, but receiving this award seems especially humbling as we know the great work that other RGT branches do around the country. It does take a lot of effort and sheer hard work to make a branch successful.
“I want to personally thank everyone who is part of the Lancashire and Belle Vue RGT branch. Without everyone working together we just wouldn’t be able to accomplish what we do. There are many people who help make the branch successful including home-checkers, fundraisers, foster-carers, vets, people who run the kennels, people that transport the greyhounds into our care and everyone who attends and supports our events. Thank you everyone.”
To find out more about rehoming a greyhound, please call 07970 312183 or visit http://www.lancashirergt.com/.