To relieve suffering of abandoned and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and foals.

To develop a role for suitable horses and ponies within the sanctuary and the wider community as part of our GROOM2GROW equine facilitated learning and wellbeing programme.

To re-home where appropriate.

It all began sixty years ago with a donkey called Maudie. She was the first of hundreds of equines to be saved from slaughter and destitution in the lifetime of our founder, Olive Lomas.

Originally working as the Animal Welfare Liaison Network, Olive acquired Redshell Farm, Oswaldtwistle, in 1994. A year later, the script-writer of one of the best-loved television series of all time agreed to let her use the title, and her charity became Only Foals and Horses Sanctuary. It was apt, because Olive’s preference was to save mares in foal, or with foals at foot.

Until her death aged 86 in 2013, she raised hundreds of thousands of pounds’ worth of donations and legacies just by telling people what she had witnessed at auctions, and by her letters and petitions. She would be thrilled by the powerful outreach of today’s technology.

In her memory, The Olive Lomas Legacy Appeal will help us continue to provide a loving and safe home for her rescued horses for the rest of their natural lives, and allow them to enhance the well-being of the local community as only they can.

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