BLOG: MMR Volunteering - with Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare

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March 28, 2017

by Claire Meichel


If you are reading this blog post thinking 'I wonder what it’s like to work at MMR?', then let me answer your question for you. Having been at MMR for over a year now, I have learnt that what makes MMR stand out from the crowd is more than just our sensory expertise; it’s the incredibly supportive work environment that we have here as well.

The latter can be exemplified when MMR launched a global volunteering initiative last year, giving every employee an opportunity to take a day off work to volunteer their time and give back to their local communities. Since launching, this global initiative has become very popular and has enabled many employees to volunteer for local as well as national charities.

The London office team were particularly keen to get involved, and subsequently opted to volunteer for an animal charity, Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare (WGW), due to our love of animals - especially dogs!

Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare first opened its kennels in Godstone, Surrey in 1995 with the mission to care for retired racing greyhounds, spread awareness and rehoming them where possible. This charity started looking after just six dogs and grew into the large and successful charity that it is today, now caring for up to 80 greyhounds at the time in Hersham! Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare works tirelessly to ensure that their greyhounds lead a happy life once that their racing days are over by taking care of and re-homing them. Additionally, Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare opened The Sanctuary in 2008 to care for greyhounds who sadly cannot be re-homed – subsequently no dogs are left behind! Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare should be very proud of their hard work as each dog that we met were all so full of life, very friendly and would be wonderful family pets – more information about WGW’s aims can be found on their website: http://www.hershamhounds.org.uk/

So what did we get up to?

We arrived at Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare late morning, and received a very warm welcome from the team there as well as the greyhounds! We were all very excited and quickly settled in. As soon as everyone was ready, a team member from Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare kindly gave us an overview of the amazing work that they do, as well as clear instructions as to how to walk the greyhounds.

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We volunteered to undertake two specific tasks: walk the greyhounds and paint the kennels in preparation for Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare’s 22nd Birthday on the 9th April. We thus decided to split into two groups. While one group would be walking the greyhounds, the others would paint the kennels. Although the weather was not on our side at first, we did not let it dampened our spirits, and soon we were rewarded with clear skies for our efforts! After a few hours, we swapped roles to give everyone the chance to get the full experience and enjoy walking the greyhounds as well. As you can imagine, there were quite a lot of dogs to walk, but this didn’t faze us! The team there really took the time to give us a bit of background information about each dog that we met throughout the day, which enabled us to learn more about this breed. It is quite fascinating how fast they can run for instance! Many of us described the activities as therapeutic, and we were quite proud of our painting skills at the end of the day.

I couldn’t thank Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare enough for allowing us to volunteer for them for the day. We all had a fantastic day supporting this incredible charity, and getting to know the greyhounds! The WGW team were all very lovely, knowledgeable and very much cared about each dog there at the centre, and I would strongly recommend volunteering there.

If you would like to walk the greyhounds, greyhound walking occurs every day from 11am until 2pm.

For more information, please visit Wimbledon Greyhound Welfare’s website: http://www.hershamhounds.org.uk/