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14 March,2018

A Plea From The Horses To Save The Racehorse Sanctuary From Closure

While all eyes are on Cheltenham please take a moment to consider the fate of those horses that do not make the headlines.

These magnificent creatures have given their all for our pleasure and entertainment (not to mention monetary gain) during their entire lives, many have even forfeited their lives. When their careers are over due to injury or age all they ask is that we provide food, water, veterinary care and warmth along with someone who cares and will be there for them. Not a big ask in the scale of things and this is exactly what The Racehorse Sanctuary does. In doing so it secures their future for the rest of their lives under our ownership but it costs money that we simply don’t have. Between us we must ensure that no horse ever again ends up getting to the stage shown in the picture, no horse deserves this fate.

The Racehorse Sanctuary is calling on all horse lovers for help to keep the stable doors open and to save the charity which is facing imminent closure without your support. Please help The Sanctuary to continue to provide a vital support, welfare and a Life After Racing for some of the 4000 horses leaving the racing industry annually.

The Sanctuary relies on donations and fundraising to keep the doors open. The Charity commenced 2017 with cash reserves lower than in previous years due to our need to relocate to less expensive premises in the West Country. We had expected that our many summer fundraising events would enable The Sanctuary to build up our reserves and secure a solid base to take us into 2018. Sadly, following the cancellation of two important events in our fundraising calendar due to lack of sponsorship, and despite all the hard work of everyone involved, this has not proved to be the case.

With the flood of Political, Environmental, Educational and Medical appeals, and competition from other Animal charities there has never been a more difficult time for small charities, many of whom are fighting for survival. Our financial reserves are now at a critical level and unless we can gain enough support to fill this funding gap and rebuild reserves we will be forced to close our doors within the next few months.

Ideally, we need to raise funds to finance us for a year to give The Sanctuary breathing space or at the very least give us time to rehome the current horses for which we have a duty of care. With an estimated 7 million horse lovers (and over 1 million regular riders) in the UK it would take only a fraction of these to donate 1 pound to make us financially secure – or even allow us to purchase our own property in order to secure our long- term future. It would make an enormous difference were we able to acquire or rent suitable premises free of charge or at a peppercorn rent with a minimum of six stables and 20 acres in the South of England, which would also enable us to retain many of our existing loyal staff. CAN YOU HELP?

Love Horses? – Our horses desperately need your help NOW.

Please pick up your phone and TEXT your donation to us – Whatever mobile network you’re on, you can simply text HORS20 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. An example text would be: HORS20 £10 making sure to send this to 70070.

Or visit https://www.justgiving.com/racehorsesanctuary/donate

Thank you, from the horses and the Trustees of the Racehorse Sanctuary. 

FOR ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT: Graham Oldfield, Co-Founder 07710 904189


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