July is Horses in Need month. Britain’s largest overseas equine welfare charity, The Brooke, is hoping to beat last year’s total of £150,000 to help even more equines in need.

“This sum helped us reach nearly 28,000 more horses, donkeys and mules and the 170,000 people who depend on them,” said Brooke fund-raising director John Trampleasure. “People can organise any event — the more fun the better.”

Among the activities already planned for Horses in Need is a sponsored cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, picnics, walks and rides. Two children are even being sponsored to eat nothing but fruit for two days.

For every £5.37 raised, one more equine in need can be helped — 50p will pay for four hoof picks to help keep hooves free from infection and dirt, £1 will pay for a better bit to help prevent cuts and sores around the mouth and just £5 could pay for anti-rabies vaccinations for 10 hard-working donkeys like the one above.

The Brooke was founded in 1934 and now has 1,000 vets and community trainers working in nine countries around the world.

For more information, visit www.thebrooke.org/hin or (tel: 0845 367 0999).