RESCUED HORSE FINDS HER HAPPY NEW HOME
Just three years ago, Strawberry Shortcake was found alone, severely underweight and suffering from diarrhoea at a horse fair. Now this beautiful girl has become the first to be rehomed from the Redwings’ new rehoming centre, which opened at its Caldecott, near Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, this summer.
Strawberry Shortcake was given a new home in Suffolk last autumn. Having already been a long-term Redwings supporter, new owner Kim first met Strawberry Shortcake when visiting Redwings Caldecott with her family this summer.
She said: “We saw her being tacked up for one of her training sessions. The team told us that she would be looking for a home as a lead-rein pony and I instantly fell in love with her. Everything they said about her sounded perfect for us.”
After successfully applying to bring Strawberry Shortcake home, Kim added: “She is doing really well and her little character is starting to shine. We are taking things slowly with her and hopefully next year we might be able to start thinking about gymkhanas and some shows. She is very much loved and the girls think the world of her.”
Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ chief executive, said: “It’s always heart-warming to hear of the achievements of our rehomed horses and ponies... seeing them become treasured members of new families is incredibly rewarding for everyone involved in their rescue and rehabilitation.”
For more information and to apply to become a Redwings Guardian, see redwings.org.uk/rehoming
A team of volunteers from the hospitality industry has been out in force to help charity Only A Pavement Away distribute ‘winter warmth’ kits to rough sleepers across Norwich. This was part of a national campaign where 35 volunteers distributed 3,000 items of clothing and blankets and 18,000 tea bags across four cities all on the same day. .
The volunteers handed out blankets, sleeping bags, coats, gloves, socks, flasks and tea bags in special OAPA branded waterproof backpacks, to help the homeless survive the cold winter months.
Norwich’s homelessness problem has continued to escalate in recent years, with the number of people sleeping rough increasing from 250 to 400 in the four years to March 2018.
The charity encourages people to sign up to a scheme that would see them given opportunities to find jobs in the hospitality, pub and restaurant industry.
Chief executive Greg Mangham said: “I am absolutely overwhelmed by people’s generosity. We set up various collection points across Norwich to accept blankets, coats and other items of clothing and we were completely inundated with donations. We also had hordes of people from across the hospitality industry give up their morning to help pack the goodies into special waterproof kit bags and hand them out to the homeless.” onlyapavementaway.co.uk
Fun times for Strawberry Shortcake
Charity chief Greg Mangham – overwhelmed by Norwich’s generosity