Last week saw Bolney resident Jenny Bunting recognised for her outstanding commitment and contribution to greyhound welfare at the prestigious National Ceva Animal Welfare Awards.
Having been nominated for an award by a fellow volunteer at local charity, Brighton Retired Greyhound Trust, judges were so impressed by Jenny’s voluntary work with greyhounds that they created a Lifetime Achievement Award specially to honour her.
Jenny, who is now in her late 80s, continues to volunteer working to find homes for greyhounds as pets once their racing careers are over acting as a Trustee for the charity, which operates out of its purpose built greyhound rehoming centre in Twineham, one of the first in the country, which opened in 2005.
Brighton Retired Greyhound Trust Chair, Susan Clark comments, ‘We are all immensely proud of the pioneering role Jenny has played in helping to bring about a cultural change in attitudes regarding greyhounds as pets over the past 40 years plus, and for her ongoing support and involvement with our charity, which of course she helped found. We are extremely lucky to have been able to develop a fantastic team with decades of specialist greyhound knowledge between them, each of whom is hugely dedicated and passionate about our work.’
Jenny added, ‘I was very surprised to have been given this award, it rather came out of the blue, and I feel I share it with the whole team here at Brighton Retired Greyhound Trust, as everyone involved in the charity regularly goes above and beyond, both for our greyhounds needing homes, and for those who support us, to whom we are extremely grateful.’
This year sees the Trust celebrate its 40th anniversary, and the return of the charity’s popular all breed fun dog show being held at Hove Greyhound Stadium on Nevill Road on Bank Holiday Monday 7 May.
Jenny continues, ‘We’re very excited to be able to hold our fun dog show again this year, and with activities for all the family taking place on the day, a variety of fun dog show classes for all breeds, a number of stalls offering crafts and dog related items, plus advice and demonstrations from canine therapy professionals, there’s something for everyone!’