A horse welfare and fundraising warrior
Olive was particularly successful at garnering legacies, the life-blood of the sanctuary. So by re-telling Olive’s story, we hope she will once again open hearts and minds to supporting her.
Since her death, compliance with health and safety regulations and a raft of other management issues including many operational problems, pension provision and other legal obligations, has taken precedence.
Finding the time, people and resources to plan and implement an effective fund-raising strategy has been almost impossible.
It has demanded huge endeavour to turn the sanctuary towards the prospect of a brighter future.
Our “rescued horses helping people” initiative helps to support young people sent to us on placement by The Prince’s Trust. A programme of basic horse care and handling sessions called Groom2Grow, which started in July this year, is proving to be a great success. Pilot studies with NHS Mersey Care Foundation Trust are yielding positive results. In the New Year we plan to expand the programme and enable more people to interact with our horses.
The horses benefit from this social interaction as much as humans do. Most of our animals have experienced cruelty, neglect or terror in their lives. Patience, tenderness and affection helps heals their pain and suffering.
Incredible as it maybe, horses that have been badly abused will mirror all this warmth back to the giver, once mutual trust and respect has been established. When this happens, it’s a magical experience.
Chairman, Stewart Mackay talks about the Olive Lomas Memorial Appeal:
In the New Year we plan to enable more people to interact with our rescued animals, but we desperately need your help to boost depleted funds to:
The sanctuary’s work has never been more valuable. Public support has never been needed more than now.