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.
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/