I recently visited Hope Pastures Horse and Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds to meet our newly adopted pony Freddie, his friends and some of the team, who devote their own time to raise the money needed to care for these beautiful animals. During my visit I learnt about how they raise money and what it is used for.
Registered in 1974, the charity has been rescuing and re-homing horses and donkeys for over 40 years. They have dealt with some awful cases and have worked tirelessly to nurse some of them back to health before seeking new homes for them. But not all cases are necessarily sad, as some people can simply no longer care for the animals themselves and bring them here, where they know they will be well looked after.
However this all comes at a huge cost and they are fully funded by donations which can be made in numerous ways. For example, a vet visit just for one horse to have an annual vaccine against equine flu can cost a minimum of £90 including a call out fee and for £12 they can offer hay for one of the equines for a month. The charity is currently full and this is why they rely on the money that is raised for the animals so much.
They have popular events throughout the year to help raise this money such as the recent Christmas fair and the annual dog show. Other ways to raise the money include a stable sponsorship, adoption certificates and even gifts for the horses and donkeys, all of which you can buy online on their website http://www.hopepastures.org/.
Hope Pastures also love to educate people on these majestic animals and so they invite the local school children down on a regular basis to learn how to properly care for these equines and aim to minimise the number of horses that may be poorly treated in the future.
I just wanted to finish by saying a huge thank you to the team at Hope Pastures for inviting me to visit and sharing information and stories with me. Manning Stainton look forward to being a part of future events to help keep the charity going as well as it does!
By Francesca Wright, Marketing Assistant