From the Horse's Mouth Issue 31 of the E-newsletter of The Racehorse Sanctuary.30/08/2018
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS OLD AND NEW
Your wonderful and positive support has provided us with a stay of execution. You will be pleased to learn we reached our £30,000 target from all sources, after launching our emergency appeal: Save the Racehorse Sanctuary & Re-homing Centre from untimely closure.
We are so grateful that we now have breathing space to try to tackle all the challenges we face in keeping the charity financially solvent. Thanks to your generosity the memories live on of our former wonderful poster boy: Moorcroft Boy himself. Thank you so much for agreeing that our efforts to implement the highest standards of lifetime welfare for racing throughbreds are too important to founder.
PLEASE continue to support us by voting for The Racehorse Sanctuary as JustGiving CHARITY OF THE YEAR.
OUR NEXT MAJOR FUNDRAISING IS AT SANDOWN PARK ON WEDNESDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2018
Our next major fundraising will take place at Sandown Park Racecourse on Wednesday 19 September 2018. If you have received your invitation and not yet booked tickets for you and your friends, please do so now, by calling Melanie on 07876 560670, with details of your debit or credit card. We have kept the price at £95 per head, which is fantastic value for an inclusive day’s entertainment at a premier sporting venue. You can see full details of the day’s programme here.
Offering must-have money-cannot-buy charity auction items is key to raceday fundraising. We have some wonderful temptations for you, some that have been well-received in the past such as the day’s sailing off the Dorset coast – a firm and well-fought over favourite - as well as some entirely new ones, such as a private carriage drive with champagne.
Lots of thank you’s to our generous auction prize donors, and a special thank you to Melanie, who has joined the Sandown team this year as our organiser for the day; she is doing a fantastic job of supporting your planning committee, keeping us under control and fully informed.
THE SANCTUARY MOVES ITS MAIN BASE OF OPERATIONS BACK TO WEST SUSSEX
It was a sad day that saw Brewham Lodge lose its former racehorses, but the move of the Sanctuary horses to West Sussex is now complete. Some horses are in temporary accommodation nearby, but some have already moved into the Sanctuary’s new base: The Stable Yard @ Mulsey Farm, Adversane, just up the A29 from Pulborough.
We really did not want to leave our new friends in Somerset behind, but the Trustees had little choice in their fight to secure the financial viability of the charity and protect the future of the horses in our care. We would like to express our sincere thanks to staff and volunteers, who worked so hard to make Somerset a viable home, and we wish them well for the future. Through no fault of theirs, Brewham Lodge did not work out and we very much hope that those who have the best interests of our deserving horses at heart will understand the necessity of the very difficult decision made by the Trustees, to move back to West Sussex.
HELP US TO RENOVATE OUR NEW HOME IN WEST SUSSEX
The Stable Yard @ Mulsey Farm, Adversane does need a fair amount of refurbishment, and this is well in hand thanks to the fantastic help of Trustee and Patron Par Excellence: Edmund, and his stalwart team, who have been working around Sue and Graham as they move in the horses in their care.
However, there is still a great deal to be done, which is why we are again trespassing on your kindness, by asking you to support our latest fundraising campaign: Help us to renovate our new home in West Sussex. In particular we need to install new fencing to make best use of the paddocks: you could make a big difference by supporting this campaign.
What would also make an amazing difference for Graham and Sue would be to have practical help with the horses: mucking out, grooming, feeding and leading to and from the paddocks. If you live near enough and have the skills and experience, please call Graham on 07710 904189 to VOLUNTEER.
Please look out for lots of individual stories about the Sanctuary horses in the next issue of From the Horse’s Mouth – coming soon, after the hiatus in publication occasioned by the move from Somerset. Meanwhile, you might like to see Secret Jewel and Miss Scarlet arriving at their new home.
Whilst already established senior resident Warrior supervises the carryings on and the boys suss out their new paddock – from the left: Eastern Scarlett, Zellensky, Mr Vitality & Starlight Express – doesn’t seem to remind anyone of Hong Kong though!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: THANK YOU TO FRIENDS HAVE HAD FAITH TO CONTINUE FUNDRAISING
Thank you so much to Lulu’s family and friends for their fundraising efforts through Lulu Rocks 2018 – read even more here – and the patrons of the Buckham Fair 2018, who have this year included The Racehorse Sanctuary as a beneficiary of their amazing and unstinted efforts in Memory of Lulu, who worked as groom for Martin and Philippa Clunes, before her tragic death in a car accident.
Good luck to Uncle Garry, who tackles the Great North Run 2018 on 9 September, as part of the family’s fundraising efforts.
Meanwhile: they've done it!!
A huge, huge well done to Hesteyri Horses for riding from John of Groats to Lands End raising money for @dogstrust, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation and The Racehorse Sanctuary. An incredible feat: well done!
The Hesteyri team report: “After the longest six weeks of our entire lives, we made it to Land’s End!! Throughout the whole ride, what has really struck us as amazing is the trust our horses have in us! They are the most incredible ponies and we just can’t believe the feats they will go to when we ask! We have had the most amazing kindness from strangers, friends and family and we really can’t thank you enough!”