‘Barking mad’ dog charity fundraiser

Oliver Haigh did a charity skydive for the Retired Greyhounds Trust
Oliver Haigh did a charity skydive for the Retired Greyhounds Trust

A daring employee at Sheffield’s Owlerton Greyhound Stadium has swapped the racetrack for the airfield.

Plucky Oliver Haigh, of Highfield, Sheffield, jumped thousands of feet from a plane in the Cambridgeshire skies during a charity skydive to raise money for the Retired Greyhound Trust.

The 22-year-old, who started at Owlerton Stadium six years ago, works in the greyhound racing office, judging results, monitoring dogs and ensuring the Greyhound Board of Great Britain rules are adhered to.

The Retired Greyhound Trust, supported by Owlerton Stadium, is a charity dedicated to finding loving homes for greyhounds after their racing days and is close to Oliver’s heart.

He said: “The jump and the whole event went really well. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It was brilliant to see so many people uniting behind a great cause.”

He added: “We surpassed the total we were hoping to raise, which was fantastic, and I would gladly do it all over again.”

A total of 51 people took part in the national event, raising more than £80,000 for the Retired Greyhound Trust in the process.

Oliver added: “Working in the racing office and having so much contact with greyhounds, I have grown a real appreciation for what a loving character they have.”