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Registered Charity No. 1174351 Autumn/Winter 2018 Newsletter Anne Finch 1943—2018 Founder of Greyhounds in Need

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We are dedicated to the welfare and rescue of greyhounds especially those in Spain Information about us: Greyhounds in Need CIO Registered charity in England and Wales No. 1174351 Registered UK Office: 5A, 80 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9HE, UK Tel: 00 44 (0) 1784 483206 Email: info@greyhoundsinneed.co.uk Website: www.greyhoundsinneed.co.uk http://greyhoundsinneed.co.uk/eshop www.facebook.com/greyhoundsinneed https://twitter.com/galgos_GIN http://www.youtube.com/user/GIN1174351 https://www.instagram.com/greyhoundsinneed.uk Founders: Anne and Arthur Finch Patrons: Jilly Cooper CBE, Dame Judi Dench CH DBE FRSA, Peter Egan, Ricky Gervais Trustees: Terry Dickens, Christine Goodwin, Martin Humphery, Geraldine Jones, Leigh Sobye BVSc MRCVS, Patricia Whipps General Manager: Carolyn Davenport 01784 483206 Deputy General Manager: Tracey Sanderson 01784 483206 Bournemouth Shop: Lynn Jackson 01202 513000 Homing UK: 01784 483206 Supporter / Homing Group Cheshire and the North West: Carol Cushnie, Sue & Phil White Membership / Merchandise / Sponsorship: 01784 483206 Webmaster: Leigh Dworkin Cover: Anne Finch and her galgos Kayla (left) and Mario

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Drawing by Monica Monti INDEX Sad news about Anne Finch News update Trustees’ pages GIN Auction Our 20th Anniversary Education Christmas Treats Membership Form Support for the shelters Standing Order Mandate Gift Aid Form How you can help GIN Memories of Anne Happy Homings UK and Abroad News from Cheshire and the North West Fundraising Tributes General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Vet’s Corner Galgos for Adoption Sponsorship 4 6 8 10 11 12 13 14 15 18 19 20 22 24 26 27 28 29 30 32 34

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Dear Friends, Many of you will have heard the sad news that our Founder, Anne Finch, died on the 5th August. She passed away peacefully at the Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight at the age of seventy-five. Anne, together with her husband Arthur, founded Greyhounds in Need twenty years ago, with the principal aim of rescuing, treating and homing exracing greyhounds and Spanish galgos. In our last newsletter Anne recalled those early years when the GIN office was in the back bedroom of her home and the work was mostly carried out by phone or fax as we had no computers, just an old word processor. Often translations were needed and Anne was able to obtain some help from students at Royal Holloway University, where she worked at the Health Centre, as well as her hairdresser and piano tuner! Anne was visited by Sooty from the local Donkey Sanctuary where she used to help. (Photo: Mountbatten Hospice) Thinking back to the time when we wanted to bring some ex-racing Irish greyhounds from Spain to England, into quarantine, we all remember working out the costs involved and looking at the GIN bank account - the two didn’t add up! Anne had tremendous belief that we could raise the necessary funds and many hours were spent sending out letters, making phone calls to obtain some help with funding this rescue. Anne was loved and respected by all those concerned in Greyhound welfare and by a host of people in the wider animal rescue and protection field and many kindly responded to our appeal, the funds were raised, and the dogs came to England, for six months quarantine, and then to homes. Anne’s work for the greyhounds often involved trips abroad. These were important as new contacts could be made hopefully leading to more help for the dogs and offers of homes could follow. We all have our memories of Anne and one memory I have is of our visit to Germany. Anne had been invited to open the new Greyhound/Galgo room at Tierheim Feucht, Haus der Hoffnung (House of Hope), a room where owners, supporters and interested people could gather together with their dogs, enjoy friendship, and learn about how it is to adopt one of these lovely animals as a pet. 4

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On our arrival at Nuremberg Airport we were greeted by about 15 greyhounds from Rome, Ireland and Spain, with their owners. A lovely start to our visit causing much interest in the arrivals lounge. We were then taken to the Tierheim and met more adopted greyhounds and galgos and their owners. We were made very welcome. Anne made a speech and cut the ribbon and declared the new room open and she was presented with the white Dove of Peace for her service to greyhounds. It was nice to see Anne receiving such heartfelt recognition for her work for the dogs. Later we were taken to a local Church for a Blessing of humans and animals. On our last day it snowed, it was December, and outside our hotel all the Christmas market stalls were open. Before flying home, we decided to look around the market. I was looking for a Christmas present for my son. We saw a toy on one stall but decided to look around to see what else there was. In the end, with the snow really coming down heavily, we made our way back to the stall only to find the toy had gone! Anne said, “don’t worry I can speak some German” and then proceeded to explain to the man on the stall what we were looking for. The snow was getting heavier, the man’s face was a picture as Anne was talking away and making lots of hand movements about this toy. The snow kept falling and we were getting no nearer to buying the toy and we both looked at each other and burst into giggles. The man then reached under the table and handed Anne the toy and in perfect English said “is this what you want?” - all three of us couldn’t stop laughing. This work is tough, the pressure to help as many greyhounds as possible is always there but at times humour is needed to help us cope. Anne had a great sense of humour and over the years we giggled many times when recalling this story. I’m pleased to say after all Anne’s efforts my son was very happy with his present! Anne was an inspiration to so many of us and we know that we will be joined by countless friends and colleagues in remembering with pride the life achievements of a remarkable lady. Anne has left a wonderful legacy, her Charity Greyhounds in Need. We are all proud to say that we will continue her good work, but she will be missed greatly by us all. Carolyn x 5

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News Update Dear Friends, The last six months have been busy, as always, and we hope that you will enjoy reading this newsletter and catching up on our news. On pages 15-17 you will be able to read about the support we have given to the shelters in Spain, helping the galgos. We are also able to help English and Irish greyhounds find homes in France and Italy by funding their transport costs. Please keep an eye on our website as we are able to report on these transportations and post some lovely videos of their arrival in Italy. Our Christmas Treats appeal is always popular and you can treat the galgos again this year by completing the form on page 13. Carbonero (left) is coming to the UK later this month, along with six more galgos. Their photos and brief descriptions are on pages 32 and 33. Once they arrive we will be able to visit and get to know more about them and will update our website with news. If you feel you can offer one a home please contact myself or Tracey at the office. This year we have done very well with money raised on eBay thanks to the hard work of Tracey and Christine. We are fortunate to receive some lovely donations which can be sold on eBay and in the first 6 months of this year we have raised more funds than last year so please keep the donations coming, it is amazing what sells. We have an account on ebay where items can be sold and 100 % of the proceeds go to GIN. It is possible for our supporters to sell their items on ebay (if they have an account) and ask for a percentage or all of the money raised to go to GIN. 6

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News Update Tracey has been busy looking for new merchandise items (some shown here on the right). Please take a look at the enclosed catalogue as we have included many items which would make ideal Christmas gifts. We also have our very popular Christmas cards and calendars again this year. Don’t forget you can order over the phone now! I am pleased to write that Aliseda, Orion and Pantera who came to the UK in February, and mentioned in our last Newsletter, have now all been homed. Aliseda is living in Feltham, Orion in France and Pantera in Hampshire. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Tracey and Geraldine and our local supporters for their help in the office and our supporters and volunteers around the country for all their hard work during the year which enables us to continue our work for the galgos and greyhounds. I wish you, your families and your dogs a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Carolyn x 7

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Trustees’ pages In the Spring/Summer issue of this Newsletter which celebrated GIN’s twentieth anniversary, I saluted, on your behalf, the wonderful work of our founder, Anne Finch. It is with the greatest sadness that I now have to report Anne’s death on the 5th August 2018. In this issue you will be able to read a moving tribute to Anne from the pen of our General Manager, Carolyn Davenport, who worked with Anne almost from the founding of GIN. For myself, I can only add that Anne’s inspirational work was what first drew me into trying to help in her efforts to save and care for the beautiful but sadly abused galgos and greyhounds. Of course, she was guilty of a huge con trick when she invited me to become a trustee of GIN, saying “don’t worry, it’s only a few meetings a year”. As it turned out, the work has consumed most of my retirement. I hasten to add that it has also brought me great joy. We are delighted to report that Pat Whipps has agreed to become a trustee and has already brought to the board the benefits of her long experience of our work. Many supporters will know Pat well from her years of devoted work as our Homing Officer. As you will read in these pages, we continue to expand and improve our work on school education in Spain. This work is difficult and costly, but it cannot be said too often that it offers the only hope of an eventual solution to the problems we face. Supporters can be assured that this important work will never prevent us from expanding and improving our help for galgos. We continue to improve infrastructure at the rescue centres in Spain and to spend significant sums on veterinary care and transport. We will shortly be welcoming some of our Spanish colleagues to a meeting at Egham, together with our educational consultant, to discuss the way ahead. I am sure that supporters will welcome the news that we intend to set up one or more permanent projects in Spain dedicated to the memory of Anne Finch. More details will follow in later Newsletters. Supporters will perhaps have read of the serious situation which has arisen in Macau, following the recent closure of a notorious racing stadium and the potential abandonment of up to 500 greyhounds. 8

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Although the distance involved presents huge problems for us, we are co-operating with colleagues in France and the UK in efforts to rehome some of these dogs. Continuing the international theme, we have only just been made aware of the desperate plight of hunting greyhounds in South Africa, which mirrors, only too closely, the horrors in Spain. At this early stage, we are doing what we can to help a struggling local group with veterinary costs and may be able to expand this venture. More news later. It seems that wherever you look you will find these wonderful dogs being cruelly abused! But we are not downhearted. With the help of our generous supporters and that of our dedicated volunteers and staff the work will continue to be pushed forward following the inspirational example set us by Anne Finch. Martin Chair of Trustees …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Remembering Anne Finch My first contact with Anne Finch was in January 2000 when enquiring online about adopting my first Greyhound. In a following phone call Anne described in detail a female ex-racer from Spain who was kennelled in Devon and she told me about the Galgos in Spain with such passion. I adopted the ex-racer purely from Anne’s description and she was perfect. I didn’t meet Anne until sometime later at a Greyhound Blessing in the Chapel at Royal Holloway University of London. That was when I knew Anne really was the wonderful person I had thought she was. Whatever life threw at her Anne’s passion for the dogs never waned. They always came first. I shall never stop thanking Anne for enabling me to adopt my first Greyhound and later my gorgeous Galgo. Now as a Trustee of GIN I am in a privileged position allowing me to help take forward the work started by Anne. Pat Whipps Trustee 9

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GIN Auction This year we are celebrating 20 years as a registered charity helping with the rescue and rehoming of greyhounds and galgos. Our Patrons Jilly Cooper CBE, Dame Judi Dench CH DBE FRSA, Peter Egan and Ricky Gervais have kindly donated the items below for our online Auction which will take place in November. Please check our website www.greyhoundsinneed.co.uk next month and join in the Auction to help the greyhounds and galgos. 20 Greyhound drawing by Ricky Gervais and donated by him to GIN together with a signed copy of David Brent Songbook Pencil Sketch drawn and kindly donated by Peter Egan Signed Script of “As Times Go By” Kindly donated by Judi Dench Autographed copies of Mount! and Jump! Kindly donated by Jilly Cooper Celebrating 20 years helping greyhounds and galgos 10

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“OUR 20TH ANNIVERSARY” We had a small get together at the Greyhounds in Need office in Egham in May to mark “Our “20th Anniversary”. Peter Egan came along to say a few words and we were joined throughout the day by local volunteers and supporters. We also had a prize draw to win a Pet Portrait generously donated by talented American artist Esther Clair(www.detailedportraits.com) Here is the lucky winner, Michael Smith of High Wycombe, with Esther’s portrait of Scooby, Michael’s golden labrador. 11

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Education The education programme continues to do well in Spain. Many individuals and shelters are using the material and the response from our contacts in Spain continues to be positive. The children are uploading their drawings to our website and we are organising monthly competitions—it is so difficult to choose a winner but you can help up by visiting our Facebook page and “like” your favourite drawings. We are currently looking at new activities to be added to the website based on the feedback we have received. At the moment making the galgo puppet seems to be very popular with the children. Photo: Galgos del Sol May Competition winners from Arca de Noe, Albacete 12

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Christmas Treats for the Galgos ! Our Christmas Treats appeal for the Galgos has been very popular over the years and our parcels to the shelters are always welcomed— especially by the dogs ! If you can support this appeal again this year we would be grateful. Please complete the form below and send with your donation of £3 or more to Tracey in Egham. Your Name ………………………………………………………………………………...…………………… Your address…………………………………………………………………………...……………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. .………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Amount enclosed £_______ Please tick this box if you would like a receipt (Please make cheques payable to Greyhounds in Need) and send to : Tracey Sanderson, Greyhounds in Need CIO, 5A, 80 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9HE, UK You can also donate to this appeal by text - BERB33£(amount) to 70070 13

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TO: Membership Secretary, Become a member of Greyhounds in Need CIO, 5A, 80 High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9HE Greyhounds in Need I should like to become a Member of Greyhounds in Need CIO and I enclose my cheque /postal order/other for the annual fee of £12 (£6 minimum for non- wage earners) to cover the period : 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019 Membership can also be paid by standing order, please complete the form on page 18 and return with this completed form to the address above. Full name………………………………………………………………………...…………………...………… Address………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… …………………………………....Postcode………………………………………..………………..…..…. Tel No:………………..………………………………………………………………………………………………… Email address ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. Date:……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Please tick one of the boxes below: Newsletter by email Newsletter by post 14

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Support for shelters As mentioned earlier in this newsletter the education programme is going well and we are pleased that the response is growing and the feedback is positive. Tina and Sam are working hard at Galgos del Sol and it is lovely to hear that schools are booking places now for future workshops they will be holding at the new education building we were able to fund. We support their work by providing a grant to cover the costs involved in running these workshops, including insurance to cover those involved. We have also been able to fund the planting of 100 trees at Galgos del Sol in memory of our Founder, Anne Finch. Photo: Galgos del Sol Carmen, Margaret and their team at A.P.A. Santa Clara de Tobarra, have finally moved into the their new shelter and are already receiving many dogs. We were so pleased that we could help their great work by funding the building of two kennel blocks for the galgos as well as some shading for the new centre and a storage area for coats, blankets etc. At present we have offered to fund security cameras and these will be installed soon. They have all worked so hard, coping with many challenges, but they will be settled in before winter and hopefully will gain some more volunteers to help them. Photo: A.P.A. 15

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