A Lincoln dog rescue house has received £1,000 in support from a restaurant for their dedication to helping unwanted dogs.
The grant is part of a national scheme by the Brewers Fayre chain to recognise people who aim to help those in their local community.
Nominator Sarah James said: “I nominated Valerie because she rescues so many dogs from potentially fatal situations, dogs that would otherwise not get a chance.
“Without Valerie there would be a lot more dogs without homes—she really does treat them like her own.”
Halfway Home Dog Rescue was founded by Hosegood five years ago just outside of Lincoln, and takes up to 35 dogs in need of new homes at a time.
With her volunteer team, she cares for the dogs until they find a loving home, even paying for vet fees amassing to over £42,000 per year.
Since 2006, the rescue has housed at least 1,500 abandoned dogs. The rescue survives on public generosity, dog shows and car boot sales.
Valerie Hosegood said: “I was absolutely amazed to get the award, I keep thinking that there must be people out there more worthy of it than I am.
“The money will help a great deal with the vet bills and buying food for the dogs.”
General Manager of Brewers Fayre Lincoln Matt Humphries said: “We are delighted to award this bursary to Valerie.
“She has done so much to help the community and is a real hero in our eyes. We hope this money will help her continue her hard work.”