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Taskmaster Greg Davies is a real softie when it comes to dogs

Comedian and dog lover Greg Davies is a patron of an animal rescue charity

Ella Walker

Posted 28d ago

You’ll know and love him from The Inbetweeners and Taskmaster (back for a new series) but when he’s not making us laugh on the telly, Greg Davies is a dog lover - he was recently spotted out on a dog walk with Helena Bonham Carter - and patron of the charity Grinshill Animal Rescue.


The Denbighshire-born funny man, who grew up in nearby Wem, regularly visits the charity’s headquarters and generously contributed to the shelter’s fundraising efforts during the pandemic.


Donating two sets of tickets to see Taskmaster being filmed, alongside the opportunity to meet both himself and fellow Taskmaster presenter and comedian Alex Horne (also a fan of dogs), which were raffled off to raise much-needed funds.


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Image: Greg Davies having a laugh with a pup (Grinshill Animal Rescue/Facebook)


The aftermath of the lockdowns has proved a difficult time for many animal charities due to reduced funding and an influx of puppies and dogs with behavioural issues stemming from a lack of socialisation during lockdown.


“With no fundraising our charity is struggling financially,” read a Facebook post from the charity. Founded 35 years ago by Jenny and Jackie Martinez, Grinshill Animal Rescue relies heavily on public donations, having also recently announced plans to relocate to a modern custom-built rescue centre in Whixall. Gaining charity status in 2013, the rescue shelter prides itself on rehabilitating and rehoming cruelty cases and abandoned animals. 


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Image: Greg Davies with the Grinshill Animal Rescue team (Grinshill Animal Rescue/Facebook)


Regularly paying the team a visit, one post on the rescue’s Facebook page reads: "Had a lovely visit from our patron Greg Davies this afternoon. Also great to see him and he got lots of doggy cuddles!"


“He’s very much a doggy person and he is actually looking for a dog. We said we would keep an eye out for him,” Jenny told the Shropshire Star in 2017. Making fundraising efforts all the more important, the charity now hopes to build a kennel for 20 dogs and separate eight-unit cattery.

 

With the recent news that Davies has joined the rebooted music-based panel show Never Mind The Buzzcocks, the comedian’s profile is bigger than ever, proving a major publicity boost for the animal charity.


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