Close to Home By Rupert Adams

William Hill have got the balls!

Colleagues from William Hill in East Yorkshire have collected 340 tennis balls to donate to the dogs at the Jerry Green Dog Rescue Charity.  

The charity have five centres across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottingham but need donations to continue their vital work rescuing and rehoming stray and abandoned dogs. East Yorkshire Tennis Club, Pocklington Tennis Club also got involved with the donations effort by contributing 100 balls that will go to the charity. 

The idea for the challenge came from local York betting shop manager and self-confessed ‘massive dog lover’, Louise Wilson. Louise was joined by local manager Paul Molyneux, and chairman of the Pocklington Tennis Club, Chris French for a photoshoot at her shop in York with all the collected balls. Also in attendance was Louise’s dog, Betty.(photo attached)

Betty, Louise and a group of William Hill colleagues will be volunteering with the charity Pets as Therapy in the New Year as part of William Hill’s community commitment, Close to HOME supporting causes in local communities. They will be providing companionship and comfort to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes and hospices who appreciate being able to touch and stroke a friendly dog.

The collected tennis balls will be used as toys and equipment for the dogs at the centres, saving the charity having to spend money on purchasing tennis balls.

‘I’m delighted that this great cause has been so well supported by William Hill colleagues. Thanks must also go to the Pocklington Tennis Club for their generous contribution. ’ said Louise.

A spokesperson for the Dog Rescue, Emma Cook, said ‘It is so exciting to have such a large and established company like William Hill supporting our charity, it will make such a difference!’.