Youngster races to help of retired greyhounds!
The William Hill-sponsored UK Festival of Greyhound Racing reached it's culmination with a glittering live Sky Sports-covered finals evening on Thursday at Sunderland Stadium, and an avid fan of the sport has been balancing his exams with fundraising ahead of the big night - despite only being ten years of age.
The aptly-named Lewis 'Race', from Spennymoor, County Durham, is grandson of local trainer Yvonne Bell, and has been running a fundraising scheme on Friday nights for the trainers and regulars. From this, Lewis has raised a mammoth £500 for his beloved hounds, with a cheque made payable to the Retired Greyhound Trust (RGT) - which he presented to the charity on the night.
Simon Fozzard, spokesman for Sunderland Stadium, said "Lewis has done remarkably well to raise such a significant amount of money for a cause which is very close to our hearts here at Sunderland, and naturally to anybody involved in the sport."
Lewis Race said of his initiative, "Another owner used to run the fundraiser for the local football club but then stopped - so I took it up to help the retired greyhounds. My grandma is a trainer who has helped re-home dogs before and I enjoy the racing at Sunderland as much as I can. It's a brilliant charity and greyhound racing is my hobby, so I thought, I'll do it for them"
For further race night details and information, please contact Sunderland Stadium on 0191 568 6200, or head to www.sunderlanddogs.com.
William Hill's dedicated Greyhound Festival website is available at www.williamhillgreyhounds.com/greyhound-festival.