The skies were full of dog lovers in Peterborough this week as more than fifty greyhound enthusiasts took to the heavens for an enormous charity skydive, raising more than £83,000 in support of the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT).
Despite some weather-related delays, 51 brave souls took to the skies to show their passion for greyhounds by jumping from a plane at 13,000 ft and plummeting at 120 mph back down to Earth.
After this exhilarating ride, the jumpers were joined by other greyhound lovers for an after party at the Angel Inn Pub, Yarwell, with a BBQ, live music and an auction where supporters could bid for a number of great prizes, from concert tickets to luxury hotel stays.
The event was organised by Sky Sports Reporter Julie Collier, who is herself a retired greyhound owner, said: “I love greyhounds and I always do all I can to support the Retired Greyhound Trust, as I think the work they do is fantastic! This is a special event that I have been organising for more than six months, so it is really great to see it all come together, with people travelling from all over the UK to face their fears and skydive more than two miles to raise money for this great charity.”
She continued: “Between all of the donations to the skydivers and the sale of auction items, we raised £83,027.87 for the Trust, which will ensure that even more of these great dogs find the loving homes they so desperately deserve. I’d like to thank everyone who got involved and supported this great fundraising event.
“If you are thinking about getting a new pet, I urge you to contact your local Retired Greyhound Trust branch and find out more about greyhounds. They are the most amazing dogs, perfect for all different kinds of homes.”