Norfolk - - THE MARDLER -

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 red­­hom­ing

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.” onlya­pave­ment­

Fun times for Straw­berry Short­cake

Char­ity chief Greg Mang­ham – over­whelmed by Nor­wich’s gen­eros­ity

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