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Project information

GRWE Christmas Care Appeal

To raise £15,000 for our kennel and care costs in December. Our work relies on kennel spaces where dogs can receive the shelter, care and food that they need. We aim to raise £15,000 to cover these costs for the month of December, so that work can continue over Christmas and beyond.

December 2014 - January 2015

Charity information: Forever Hounds Trust

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  • Need


    Throughout the year, GRWE brings greyhounds and lurchers to safety, relying on our network of kennel spaces to help dogs in desperate need. Up and down the country, GRWE dogs receive shelter, food and care in kennel spaces which cost an average of £8 per space per day. Christmas does not mean a break, and indeed it often means increased demand for us to take in dogs at short notice and in desperate condition. This project aims to raise funds to cover these costs for the month of December.


    This project will provide 55 kennel spaces to dogs in December, ensuring that they receive all the care, treatment and food that they need, in safe and warm kennels.

    We will also provide extra coats and blankets to supplement kennels’ heat lamps, ensuring dogs remain warm in a cold winter.

    This work will enable GRWE to provide care essential to the dogs’ survival and health, meaning that they can go on to be happily re-homed to loving, permanent homes.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide 55 kennel spaces and all associated care in December, for greyhounds and lurchers in need


    » Work with our existing kennels to provide spaces 55 dogs - these spaces include beds, food and care for each dog
    » Work with our nationwide network of volunteers to arrange for intake, assessment and care of dogs during December
    » Work with our nationwide network of volunteers to arrange the purchase of extra coats, blankets and other sundries for dogs in kennels at Christmas

    What success will look like

    Success will be helping a minimum of 55 dogs in December, by providing kennel spaces and all associated care.

  • Impact


    As well as enabling us to provide immediate sanctuary and treatment to greyhounds and lurchers, in the long-term this project will enable dogs to be re-homed to loving homes. We know from our experience of re-homing 500+ dogs per year that this brings huge benefits to hounds and humans alike. We will tell these stories through all of GRWE's communication channels.


    There is a risk that demand for us to take in dogs will increase beyond the 55 spaces, especially if there are any emergencies close to Christmas. We will address this through careful allocation of our always-limited resources, as well as additional fundraising efforts as needed.


    Donors to this project will receive a report in early 2015, detailing the dogs helped by the Christmas Care project and the impact of our care on these dogs’ lives.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £13,750 55 kennel spaces Cost of 55 kennel spaces in December, including provision of beds, food and care for each dog
      £1,250 Additional care costs Costs of extra coats, blankets and other sundries for dogs in kennels over Christmas
  • Background


    GRWE operates across the country. Though our origins were in the West of England, we now have a nationwide network of volunteers and operate in nine regions across the country - Somerset and Wiltshire; Devon; Cornwall; Dorset; Hampshire & the Isle of Wight; South East (Kent, Surrey and Sussex); Eastern (including Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire); Herefordshire & Worcestershire; and Midlands and the North West.


    Each year we find loving homes for over 500 dogs, many of whom come to the charity in desperate need. Our care transforms these dogs’ lives, and enables them to go onto happy new lives in permanent homes. The lives of their new owners are typically also transformed!

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Greyhound Rescue West of England is the country’s leading independent charity dedicated to the rescue and re-homing of greyhounds and lurchers. We take in dogs from the public, vets, pounds and the police, and help trainers re-home ex-racing greyhounds. We also take in dogs from Ireland, where the majority of greyhounds are bred. We have nearly 20 years' experience of re-homing these special dogs, and in 2013 were named 'Animal Charity Team of the Year'.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    GRWE's Volunteer Team

    Our volunteers co-ordinate the rescue and rehoming of dogs - including intake, assessment and care of dogs, and matching to permanent homes.

    Jan Lake And Emily Burns-Sweeney

    Jan and Emily, our Trustees for Kennelling & Welfare, have a hands-on role in supporting our regional volunteers in the rescue and re-homing of dogs.

    Lisa Morris-Tomkins

    Lisa Morris-Tomkins, Interim Chief Executive of GRWE, will oversee this project and provide reporting to project donors


provides a kennel space for one week