We have been asked by a number of people how we are doing during this time and particularly following the recent increase in restrictions.
Thank you all for your concern - I hope the following information helps to reassure you that we are doing everything we can to ensure that our horses remain the top priority for the team at the Sanctuary!
The Sanctuary is open for our staff to care for our animals and we are obviously taking every precaution possible to ensure that they remain fit and well! As our community work is not taking place at the moment, the community team have moved over to helping the groom team, so we have everyone working alongside each other to ensure the continued well-being of the horses and other animals.
Our horses seem totally oblivious to the situation which is a huge relief - long may that continue. The sun is out and the rain has stopped so they are welcoming the time to relax and sunbathe in the fields! They will miss all the visitors though, but we will give them as many scratches and cuddles as we can to soften the blow. But so far....so good!
We have been in regular contact with our vets over the past few weeks and had already made some decisions to organise additional medical stocks prior to the recent announcement. Similarly, we have worked with our feeds suppliers to ensure that we won't run short either. We are immensely grateful to Equivet, Rokers Feeds and Blue Chip Feeds who have all been hugely supportive in doing everything they can to continue to provide us with what we need!
We have obviously had to close all of our community provision during this time in order to protect the safety of both our visitors and staff. This includes our school and structured therapeutic sessions, Duke of Edinburgh volunteering, community visits and Chance2Be programmes.
We are so sorry that this decision has had to be made and for any disappointment caused, but wish all our community friends well and we look forward to seeing you back on site soon to see our horses, hens and Angel.
All events, including our Open Sundays, Easter Egg Trail, Share a Shettie and Sponsor days have been cancelled until further notice.
When we know when we are able to resume, we will announce new dates as soon as possible so that visitors can once again come and see our horses - watch this space!
Our volunteers have been truly wonderful during the past couple of weeks and have adhered to all the changes that we have had to make over the first couple of weeks of this situation - we can't thank them enough. Sadly, they too are obviously no longer able to attend but as soon as we can open again, we hope to see them back - the kettle will be on for a welcome back cuppa!
As with everyone, we are desperately hoping that this situation is over as soon as possible so that we can all get back to normal! It's such a strange time.
We already can anticipate the impact it will have on the income of the charity, with so many events and sessions cancelled. We estimate that the next six months will be extremely challenging but we are determined.
Please be assured that whilst the staff are out in the fields, the management team will be putting our thinking caps on to find ways to cushion the blow of this situation, but we know it will be tough. The health of our staff and horses remains our top priority yet we also have to find a way to stay afloat. If you are able to help us, we would be so grateful - whilst we appreciate that everything is incredibly tough at the moment for everyone, if you can spare anything to donate to us, you can do so via this site and we would be very appreciative.
Why not come and join our wonderful team of volunteers?
We can offer a range of opportunities for groups of young volunteers.
Come and be a groom for the day for our smallest residents.
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