Fundraising appeal launched by Roleystone Horse and Pony Sanctuary in Wrose (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Fundraising appeal launched by Roleystone Horse and Pony Sanctuary in Wrose
8:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
A horse sanctuary which is so full it has more animals than stables is starting a fundraising appeal to prepare for winter when its costs rise.
Roleystone Horse and Pony Sanctuary in Wrose, Shipley, needs more money to see it through the colder months as horses are kept inside and need fresh straw and hay daily. Older horses also need extra vitamin supplements.
During the summer, most horses are kept in fields where they graze on grass.
Earlier this year the T&A reported how the charity, which looks after horses and ponies that have been mistreated, neglected or are in need of a retirement home, was at breaking point following a harsh winter.
Chairman and trustee Joanne Metcalfe said: “Some of them can come in really thin and really scratty and covered in lice. We bring them round and feed them up.”
In winter it costs at least £1,500 a month to run the sanctuary.
“We’re always struggling, although it’s ticking over at the moment,” said Miss Metcalfe. “The main concern is coming up to winter. That’s when we do spend more money.”
This winter eight horses will have to stay in the fields due to a shortage stables.
The sanctuary is appealing for people to fundraise, contribute items for volunteers to sell at car boot sales, join its adopt a horse scheme or donate material to build a new field shelter for the animals which have to stay out.
Contact Miss Metcalfe on 07849 498966 to support the charity or write to her at 11 Deanery gardens, Eccleshill, BD10 8AG.
The sanctuary runs shows during the summer. The next is tomorrow and has 25 ridden and in-hand classes. People can register by calling the sanctuary on (01274) 631328.
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