As fundraisers go they don’t get much faster than this! Runs For Heroes, a greyhound, has raised over £6000 for Help for Heroes throughout his career, but now he is putting up his paws and enjoying a well deserved retirement.
Martyn Wiley, owner of The Gable Racing Kennels in Romford, came up with the idea to have a greyhound run to raise money for H4H after seeing his rugby hero Lawrence Dallaglio supporting the charity a few years ago.
Martyn, being a keen rugby player himself, jumped at the chance to join in and set about getting his rugby club, The Westcliff Rugby Football Club, to raise money to buy the dog. The club were very keen to play a part as H4H is a cause close to home after one of the rugby club members, Corporal Aaron Lewis was killed in Afghanistan.
Martyn said: “We purchased the dog and he began to raise money for Help for Heroes. Everybody embraced this idea and he became quite the celebrity which resulted in even more money raised!”
Along with H4H merchandise being bought, extra donations from Coral Romford Stadium, Bookmakers Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS), all veterinary fees covered by Greyhound Vet Sports Medicine and of course kennel fees covered by The Gable Racing Kennels it is estimated Runs for Heroes has raised in various forms around £6500 for wounded injured and sick servicemen and women.
During his career the sleek four and half year old has had some great success including winning two BAGS championship races and running in the Romford puppy cup final!
Now it is time for Runs for Heroes to take his paw off the peddle and enjoy his retirement in the comfort of his new home. The only running he needs to do these days is to race to the sofa for one of his many naps!
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