The Greyhound Lifeline Team

Marie Harris

Marie Harris has been with Greyhound Lifeline from the start in May 2007. She orchestrated the move to our own premises in January 2008 and then ran the original, smaller scale homing kennel with just a skeleton crew of volunteers until we became better known and managed to recruit more people to help.

Originally Manager of the Fleet kennels, in 2011 she became co-manager with Jane and then Lucy in August 2014 due to the increase in workload though our success over the years. Marie nowadays looks after the waiting list, does the accounting and ordering of goods, web site updates and she is an administrator for Lifeline’s Facebook page, she also does occasional home checks, attends/organises events and is greyhound taxi for some vet trips.

Marie does regular kennel shifts and oversees the arrivals of new greyhounds into the kennels.  She works part-time in paid employment and is still raising the youngest of 4 children (currently teenage). Marie has 4 greyhounds of her own at home plus and a selection of foster dogs from time to time.

Marie adopted her first greyhound in 2003, but prior to that she had several years of other breed dog experience.

Lucy Quarendon joined us as a dog walker in April 2009. From there she became a kennel hand in August of 2009 and not too long after that she ventured into her first foster mother role in January 2010.

In August 2014 Lucy was offered and accepted the role of Co-manager with Marie of Greyhound Lifeline.

She combines this new and time consuming role with other jobs for us including cat testing and home checking plus homing enquiries, viewing, homing’s, carrying out assessments of the new arrivals and greyhound behaviour modification/socialisation to her role as well.   Lucy also does regular web site updates and she is an administrator for Lifeline’s Facebook page.  On top of this she works full time as a teacher in a local school.

Lucy is always willing to go a step further and involves herself in what ever needs doing very willingly. Lucy took to fostering greyhounds rather well and has since seen a series of foster dogs going through her home until she finally succumbed and joined our now (almost) famous Club FF. Otherwise knows as the Failed Fosterers Club. There are quite a few of us who now have membership of this club!

She now has a greyhound pack of five made up of her own dogs, long term and short term fosters.

Mark joined us initially as a dog walker in April 2014 after adopting Bobby, a young brindle boy from us. It was not long however before Mark became a member of the team as he worked several routine kennels shifts, helped out with a variety of DIY projects and he also bravely took on the tip runs to dispose of our rubbish.

Mark has 3 hounds at home and has had many years experience with sighthounds generally. He often takes them all away for holidays in his camper van.

Lynn H joined us in 2013 as a kennel hand and she does a regular Monday shift plus she comes in at short notice to cover holidays and sickness.

Lynn does not yet have a dog….we’re working on it!

Diane joined the team in August 2015 initially as a dog walker. It wasn’t long however before we roped her in for doing kennel shifts. Diane now does a regular Tuesday and Wednesday morning shift and she also helps out at short notice on other occasions too.

Diane has an elderly cat at home currently and one day we hope to persuade her to adopt one of our greyhounds.

Sam joined us as a dog walker initially in 2013, she now works a regular Friday morning shift.

Sam has two lurchers at home and is a qualified veterinary nurse. It’s jolly handy having her on our team as her veterinary training is a valuable asset.


Viv has been with us a few years now and she has done a variety of jobs for us. These jobs include kennel shifts, vet runs, grooming, dog coat making, washing and repairs. She is the proud “mum” to Calli greyhound and she’s also helped out with emergency fostering when the need arose.



Helen joined us as a dog walker back in 2008 when she and her husband would come along at the weekends. They fell for a brindle boy by the name of Del who they adopted in December 2008. Del is still happily with them although he is now rather elderly.

Over the years Helen and her husband covered casual shifts, but nowadays Helen is frequently found helping with the Saturday morning shifts.

Helen is one of our greyhound training specialists who often takes some of our less socialised greyhounds to behaviour training.

Kaz joined us in summer 2015 after completing her college studies. She works part time elsewhere and is currently seeking a full time job with animals. Kaz helps out with the Thursday morning kennel shift and amazes us with her efforts to get there since she does not drive. Her trip to kennels involves a train, a bus and a long walk then she does it all back again. Good job she is young and healthy!

Caroline joined us in June 2015 and came straight in as a Sunday morning kennel hand. Caroline has no pets at home, but makes up for this with her weekly greyhound fix and she is a keen baker and often brings in her offerings to fatten the Sunday staff up.


Jane Pilcher

Jane has been with Greyhound Lifeline since March 2008. Jane was co-manager with Marie for around 2 years, but left the management role in August 2014 purely due to time pressure of her paid job making the management role at Lifeline impractical to fulfil.

Jane takes works a regular Wednesday kennel shift. She helps out with home checks and is an administrator for Lifeline’s Facebook page and was instrumental in the set up of our Facebook page.

Jane is raising her family and looking after her own 5 dogs (2 greyhounds, a Saluki, a Patterdale Terrier and an adolescent large breed Rottie type) plus on occasion Jane helps with fostering needy greyhounds.

Jane has been a greyhound owner since 2008, but has had many years of sighthound and other breed experience prior to that.

Carol Cox
Carol Cox joined us in 2007, initially as a home checker and then when we moved to our own premises Carol joined the small, original team, to assist with the running a skeleton staff homing kennel.

Nowadays Carol still does a regular day shift at the kennels, but she has also become more involved over time and is now a great asset to us. She shares the homing enquiry duties with Lucy and between the two of them they cope admirably. Carol helps with fund raising and events. Carol ventured into fostering greyhounds once, but that didn’t last too long as Zara was adopted very soon after becoming a foster dog!

Carol does many home checks, she also handles viewings, homing’s and new dogs arriving. She adopted her first greyhound in 2001, but prior to that she had many years of general dog experience through owning other breeds.

Carol works part-time in paid employment, she has raised her family and is proudly a grandma for the first time too. She has 2 greyhounds of her own, a rescued galgo from Spain plus a “part -time” family owned mixed breed dog to care for several days a week. Carol is an administrator for our Facebook page.

Saara joined us in 2011 and she has become a great asset. She has done regular day shifts, but now concentrates more on events, fundraising and Duke of Edinburgh Award and work experience co-ordination. Saara does home checks and continues to help out with kennel shifts as required.

Saara has owned greyhounds since 2001 and then in 2004 she began more actively supporting and re-homing the breed through helping at a different rescue centre. She currently looks after 5 greyhounds of her own. She is retired and has raised her family now being a proud grandmother and another member of our Club FF.

Paul joined us in 2010. He has gone from a greyhound novice to an experienced and much valued member of the team in a very short time. He is a quick learner with a keen interest in our work and a genuine love for the dogs.

Paul works full time in paid employment on top of which he basically runs the kennels for us on a Sunday – sometimes that could be just the clean, feed and exercise routines, but at other times be may be in charge of viewings or homing’s, accepting new arrivals in etc.

Anne joined us in 2009. Originally she was a dog walker, but she soon became a regular for day time kennel shifts too.

More recently Anne has been of great help by taking on a more administrative role as well as those manual kennel shifts. She now records and monitors all our vet bills and gets those payments organised, she updates the information about our greyhounds on the main Retired Greyhound Trust web site and she is in charge of record keeping in respect of all our kennel and foster dogs’ regular vaccination and parasite control.

Anne is a mum and has just begun a university course. Anne adopted a disabled greyhound puppy named Heather from us, but sadly young Heather’s health deteriorated and she passed to Rainbow Bridge in 2011. Since then Anne adopted the lovely Phoebe from us after fostering her for a while and she also has Ted the Cocker Spaniel and 2 cats at home.

Lynn A joined us as a dog walker in October 2008 then September 2009 she became a member of the kennel staff by doing a regular kennel shift. In addition to her shift Lynn also stands in when she can to cover other’s holidays and she’s recently taken on the role of greyhound chauffeur in that she does the majority of the routine vet runs for us. This saves others a huge amount of time and it is very much appreciated.

Lynn has helped with the shopping and stall manning for our Open days. A soft of heart lady she thinks all the greyhounds are wonderful (and of course they are).

Lynn has many years of dog experience, she used to be involved in dog rescue whilst living abroad. She is also kept busy by raising her teenage daughters and looking after her own dogs one of which used to be a greyhound foster dog. Lynn has now joined Club FF too.

  • Geoff Heskins
  • Sue Heskins

Geoff and Sue are one of our husband and wife teams and they have been with us from the beginning. They actually helped transport the dogs from our old premises to our current one on New Years Day 2008!


Geoff and Sue both help out with home checks and they have even traveled as far as Nottingham in their Lifeline T-shirts to represent us at shows.

Sue and Geoff do a regular evening kennel feed. Helping out in the snow seems to be a family job as Sue too has managed to struggle in and do what needs doing when the snow is on the ground.

  • Penny
  • Adrian

Penny and Adrian are our second husband and wife team. They are our biggest fund-raisers overall as both of them make the home made preserves, pickles and cakes that they sell at shows and events to raise funds for us.

Penny and Adrian also have their own mobile tombola stall another source of fund-raising. Adrian has recently ventured into car boot sales as well which is proving a big fundraiser for us.

Penny is a standby homing assistant in that she knows how to do all the appropriate paperwork and is well qualified to advise new adopters about their dogs and any potential teething problems since she has been a sighthound owner for many years.

Ron joined us as a dog walker in 2008. Technically Ron is still one of our dog walkers, but all of us feel he is part of our extended Lifeline family and so we are honoured to include him on this page as staff.

Ron has a lifetime’s experience of greyhounds. He has worked with them, raced them, bred them and he currently shares his life with Cindy a brindle greyhound girl who he bred. Cindy had an accident and broke a leg, making her unfit for racing so Ron took her home with him and she’s been there ever since curled up next to him at bed time.

Ron had his 86th birthday in September 2015. His ambition – to walk for us until he’s 100!

Kev Jaques
Kev started coming to Greyhound Lifeline during the summer of 2010 to help walk the dogs and to get to know the breed. By September 2010 he, his wife Debbie and daughter Jennifer welcomed the ultimate lazy boy of greyhounds, Clive into their home. Very sadly Kev and his family lost Clive in a tragic road accident during 2013. They have since taken on another rescue dog in the form of little Violet, a terrier from The Dog’s Trust.

Clive the greyhound left his legacy and managed to persuade his family that greyhounds deserve all the help they can get and subsequently “dad” (Kev) has designed the web site you are looking at now!

Kev has been extremely generous, web sites are not cheap to set up and they are very time consuming to create, but Kev has offered all this voluntarily and free of charge to help the dogs that he loves. He is a very skilled web site designer and we recommend him to anyone looking to set up a web site (don’t expect a freebie though, he has to make enough to feed Clive and the human family too). Contact Kev through Multilayer Design if you are interested in a web designer.

This new and updated site, with lots of additional features really will help improve awareness of our dogs which in turn will lead to many more home offers for them.

Our staff work for the dogs in a variety of different ways.

Kev’s way is out of the public’s view, but very valuable none the less.

Sarah Jane
Sarah Jane is a very new recruit having only joined us in September 2011. She helps out and gets her weekly “greyhound fix” by doing a regular night feed. Sarah Jane works full time in paid employment, but she’s already recruited a new volunteer – her husband Mark!

Mandy joined us as a volunteer kennel assistant during the summer of 2012.

She adopted Fly from us in April 2009. Mandy was easily persuaded to take on a foster dog when we had an unexpected return in the form of Dotty, but Mandy fell for Dotty’s charms pretty quickly and she then adopted her. Strangely the same story repeated itself with the lovely Penfold too!

Nowadays Mandy’s canine family is a family of four. Three greyhounds and a Dudley the Cockerpoo who has recently become our kennel “stooge dog” in order that we can check the reactions of our greyhounds around smaller breeds of dog.

Mandy’s already proved herself popular with staff and dog walkers alike. She learns quickly, is very capable and we are sure she’ll continue to be a big asset to us over time.

photo of paul G staffphoto of Jane G staffPaul and Jane are our third husband and wife team. They adopted Dodger in December 2011 and have previous experience of large breed dogs through owning a Doberman and a Greyhound Boxer cross. They are trained in the use of Obedience, Good Citizen Dog and Agility training techniques.

Paul and Jane began volunteering as dog walkers in January 2012. It wasn’t too long before they ventured into some combined P.R. and greyhound socialisation work by taking kennel residents out from time to time armed with publicity material. Nowadays, you are likely to find them of a weekend with a greyhound or two at local shopping centres working hard to raise awareness that greyhounds make great pets.

In early 2012 Paul and Jane became relief evening kennel feeders, but they have since taken on a permanent role in that respect whereby they now cover 2 regular evening feeds per week.

Paul is one of our Greyhound Blog authors and both Paul and Jane work in paid employment; Paul full-time and Jane part time in two different jobs.

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Carolynn joined us in September 2011. She has a regular evening feed every week.

Carolynn works full time and also looks after her own Collie, Greyhound and a cat at home. She is raising a teenage family.



Kathryn first came to us in 2008 since she adopted Bunty from us. Bunty passed away during 2014. Kathryn then family came back to us early 2015 as a dog walker, soon to become a kennel hand and before long she also found herself adopting our shy boy Artie in May 2015.


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