Greyhound charity volunteer pushes himself to the limit with latest fundraiser - The Solihull Observer

Greyhound charity volunteer pushes himself to the limit with latest fundraiser

Solihull Editorial 11th Apr, 2024   0

A GREYHOUND kennels volunteer is pushing himself to raise money for charity.

Rob Thacker, has decided to complete 2,000 press ups in a month in aid of Daybreaks Trust, an Elmdon kennel which rehomes retired racing greyhounds.

Throughout July the Sheldon resident will complete between 60 and 80 press ups per day in a bid to raise £2,000 for the charity, which holds a special place in his heart.

The funds will be used for the daily care of the 15 dogs in the kennels, from feeding to grooming and veterinary care bills.

This isn’t the first time the venue security officer at the Coventry Building Society Arena has done to give DayBreaks a cash – previously he has cycled from the kennels to Perry Barr racetrack and back and he has slept over at the kennels in 2022.




The 36-year-old can also be seen at roadshow events where he goes with fellow volunteers to supermarkets to show off the dogs and raise awareness and money for Daybreaks.

Rob started volunteering at Daybreaks just before Christmas in 2021 when he and his partner donated toys, treats, food, bedding, blankets, towels to the kennels along with items from his then employer Wasps rugby team.


Rob said: “In September 2022 we unfortunately lost our dog Cash at the grand age of 14. She was the most amazing, well behaved and perfect dog. We miss her terribly, and I couldn’t live my life without a dog around me.

“Which is where Daybreaks came into my life for the long term.

“When I went to the kennels I was in my happy place and I knew it was helping with my own mental health knowing I was doing a good thing.”

Since then Rob and his partner have rehomed a greyhound from the kennels, Penny.

He added: “Greyhounds are so affectionate and loving dogs. They will love their owners and family so much. Jumping around in excitement when in family company, or sleep on the floor, sofa, or bed.

“People have a misconception of greyhounds being extremely active and hyper dogs, but this is farther from the truth, they can be real couch potatoes while they enjoy their retirement. In addition we have some greyhounds that thrive on a busier life so good for those who are more active.”

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