Ur­gent ap­peal after wind tears down sta­bles

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - KAREN BRIT­TON

FOUR res­cue horses were left home­less after their sta­bles blew down overnight.

Vol­un­teers at the An­gels Res­cue dis­cov­ered their brand new sta­bles on Whirley Road, Mac­cles­field, – funded by lo­cal do­na­tions – were com­pletely de­stroyed by strong winds on Mon­day morn­ing.

Luck­ily the horses man­aged to es­cape with­out in­jury, but have been left with nowhere to take shel­ter against the el­e­ments.

The sta­bles, which were only built last month and were not in­sured, were so badly dam­aged fire crews had to com­pletely de­mol­ish them to re­move any dan­ger.

The an­i­mal char­ity has now launched an ur­gent ap­peal for help to re­place the sta­bles. The team is ask­ing peo­ple to help with wood, build­ing ma­te­ri­als, money and other do­na­tions to help them re­build the sta­bles as soon as pos­si­ble, as well as peo­ple with the skills to help with the con­struc­tion.

An­gela Leach, who helps run the char­ity which is man­aged by her daugh­ter Emma Ry­der, an­nounced the ur­gent ap­peal for help.

She said: “It’s so up­set­ting and has been such a stress­ful morn­ing.

“We were so shocked to see the sta­bles de­stroyed like that – you’d have thought a tor­nado had gone through there. We need peo­ple to help in any way they can so we can get the sta­bles back up soon, so our horses have some- where to go. It’s dev­as­tat­ing, we worked so hard to get the sta­bles and now they’re gone.”

An­gels Res­cue, set up 20 years ago, re­ha­bil­i­tates and re­homes abused, ne­glected and aban­doned an­i­mals.

It pri­mar­ily cov­ers East Cheshire and runs a re­hom­ing and fos­ter­ing pro­gramme. An­i­mals cared for have in­cluded cats, dogs, horses and wildlife such as hedge­hogs.

It has 20 horses at the mo­ment, with the rest kept be­tween sta­bles at Bolling­ton, a home on Within­lee Road in Prest­bury, a field in Gawsworth and at Adling­ton Manor Nurs­ing Home.

The sta­bles on Whirley Road cost £1,700 which was col­lected after fundrais­ing and do­na­tions.

The team of­fers the chance for peo­ple who have gone through phys­i­cal and men­tal trauma to meet the horses and learn to groom them, as part of a course of Equine As­sisted Ther­apy.

An­gela said they would ul­ti­mately like to cre­ate a cen­tre for peo­ple to visit with their car­ers.

She said: “We are a char­ity re­ly­ing on peo­ple’s do­na­tions and fundrais­ing. We’ve come a long way but it’s so hard and we need as much help as we can get. The sta­bles blow­ing down has been a mas­sive blow to us and we don’t know what to do.

“We hope peo­ple will be able to help us.”

Con­tact the char­ity on 01625 421467 or 07737 126990 to help. Go to an­gel­san­i­mal­res­cue. co.uk/how-to-do­nate to do­nate funds.

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