Supporter Update From Lucy - New Member of Team Manchester!
I am delighted to introduce to you all Jill Middleton, our new Events Assistant at Dogs Trust Manchester. Jill has actually been one of our fantastic volunteers since we opened in 2014, conducting home visits for us before our poochy pals head to their forever families. As well as home checks Jill has also volunteered her time to help me with all things ‘Supporter Relations’ and did the most amazing job at last year’s Christmas Fair – if you came along I am sure you will agree!
Jill’s role now will mostly involve helping me to plan for this year’s Fun Day, which will be taking place on Sunday 3rd July in Heaton Park, from 11am – 4pm; I can’t wait to see you all there!
In the meantime I’ll hand over to Jill so she can tell you herself about her journey with Dogs Trust Manchester…
I started volunteering for Dogs Trust as a Home Visit Volunteer back in November 2014; I was a full time mum and needed to do something worthwhile with my time. It has always been a dream of mine to work with animals so what better to do than to give my spare time to all the loving homeless dogs that we have here in the Manchester Centre?
Once you start volunteering here you get hooked. I soon started with customer service in the Centre as well as administration and then on to helping organise the Christmas Fair, which was absolutely amazing and helped raise awareness of Dogs Trust Manchester as well as funds to keep the Centre running.
The impact my hard work has is what keeps me motivated. Seeing the eyes of 90 homeless dogs, knowing they need your help to find their ‘furever home makes me work so hard, in fact it isn’t work - it is an honour to help them.
Everybody I meet always says ‘oh, I couldn’t work there, I would take them all home’… Well I ended up adding to my pack in June last year when I adopted my dog ‘Kali’, a cross Bichon-Springer. I’ve had Kali since being a pup, she’s not that much bigger now, but her larger than life personality certainly makes up for her lack of size and she doesn’t let her tiny frame bother her when she is playing with my other dog Alfie, a cross Beardy-Wolf Hound!
I have now been given the wonderful opportunity to join the team as their Events Assistant for the Summer Fun Day. To say I’m happy is an understatement!!! I now get to spend the next few months helping to plan a day that I am hoping will bring in the crowds with all its fun and educational benefits, and fingers crossed help lots of our fur-babies get their ‘furever’ homes.
The final result of seeing a dog being led off with its new owners always makes me realise how amazing Dogs Trust Manchester is, and fills my heart with happiness. I hope my role in planning the Fun Day makes this dream a reality for many of our current dogs.