Firm hooks up to dog charity raffle

Chas Walker
Chas Walker

KIND-HEARTED security chiefs are doing their bit to help a charity that looks after unwanted dogs.

Hartlepool-based Business Protection (NE) is running a raffle to raise money for Safe Homes and Kindness (SHAK).

SHAK is based in Bedlington, Northumberland, but takes in pooches from all over the region, including Hartlepool and East Durham.

They are dogs that usually can’t be rehomed, some of which have been deemed “dangerous”, but SHAK vows that no dog will ever get put down.

Business Protection (NE), which is looking after security arrangements at Hartlepool’s Steetley site, has teamed up with town fisherman Chas Walker to raise funds.

As a raffle prize, they are offering an inshore or offshore fishing trip for four adults and six children on board Chas’s boat, The Lady Elsie.

Malcolm Riley, is general manager of Business Protection (NE), which is run by Hartlepool man Kevin Richardson.

Malcolm, who has a nine-year-old German shepherd dog called Ky, said: “SHAK is a dog rescue organisation and I’m passionate about dogs.  “SHAK does an incredible job taking on people’s unwanted dogs and doesn’t have them put down.

“They will home them for life in kennels if they have to.”

Mr Riley, 41, who is dad to Ellie, seven, Demi-Leigh, six, Kelsey, four, Sophie, three, Chloe, two and five-month-old Bethany, and lives in the Elwick Road area of Hartlepool, added: “I know there are a lot of people who are passionate about fishing in Hartlepool and I know if they can get this prize for a £1 raffle ticket they will snap it up.  “Chas Walker is a charity man and if he can do anything to help, he will.”

The prize includes the services of a skipper and deck-hand and anyone without fishing experience will be given an induction.

Raffle tickets cost £1 and are available from Radio Hartlepool’s base in York Road and the Mill House pub, in Rium Terrace.

The raffle will be drawn at Lynnfield Primary School on July 20.

For more information about SHAK, visit