Equine char­ity cel­e­brates army of 100 vol­un­teers

Western Daily Press (Saturday) - - Riders -

THE South West’s largest equine char­ity, the Mare & Foal Sanc­tu­ary, is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter re­cruit­ing its 100th vol­un­teer.

For the first time in its his­tory the Devon-based char­ity has reached the 100 mile­stone, thanks to more peo­ple than ever be­fore hear­ing about its work to res­cue aban­doned, mis­treated and or­phaned horses and ponies through­out the re­gion.

Vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor, Kerri Luke, said: “We are in­cred­i­bly lucky to have such in­valu­able sup­port from an amaz­ing 100 peo­ple who share our pas­sion for help­ing horses and ponies in need.

“We sim­ply couldn’t achieve many of our suc­cesses, or res­cue and re­home as many horses and ponies, if it wasn’t for the kind­ness of our loyal vol­un­teers who give their time so gen­er­ously.

“Our vol­un­teers are ded­i­cated to en­rich­ing the lives of our horses and ponies and we are ex­tremely grate­ful to them. Vol­un­teer­ing pro­vides the sanc­tu­ary with a mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion that money sim­ply can’t buy.”

The sanc­tu­ary has five farms across Devon and is home to hun­dreds of horses and ponies need­ing daily care.

Kerri added: “There is al­ways some­thing to be done, do­na­tions to sort in the char­ity shops, some­thing to be re­paired at the farm, fundrais­ing events go­ing on and of course horses and ponies to be groomed and loved.”

Vol­un­teer­ing can be in­cred­i­bly re­ward­ing. Not only does it have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the char­ity, but it also pro­vides peo­ple with skills, builds con­fi­dence and helps peo­ple make new friends.

Vol­un­teer Luke Ford, who strug­gles to work full time fol­low­ing a bi­cy­cle ac­ci­dent when he was just 12, helps out at the char­ity’s ware­house and the New­ton Ab­bot shop.

He said: “It’s great to be work­ing. I would ad­vise any­one like me, who was start­ing to worry they may never find a job, to look into vol­un­teer­ing for a char­ity. It’s cer­tainly given me more con­fi­dence and the sanc­tu­ary staff have been bril­liant.”

The char­ity is still look­ing for vol­un­teers, es­pe­cially for help with lo­cal events through the sum­mer and at their new farm near Yelver­ton on Dart­moor.

If you are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a vol­un­teer for the sanc­tu­ary visit the web­site at www.mare­and­foal.org/ ways-to-help/#vol­un­teer­ing or find out more about the work the char­ity does on Face­book at www.fb.me/ mare­and­foal

‘It’s cer­tainly given me more con­fi­dence and the sanc­tu­ary staff have been bril­liant’

LUKE FORD

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