Equine charity ‘over the moon’ to receive £10,000 prize

  • Horse rescue charity HorseWorld said it was “over the moon” to win the top prize in a competition run by Animal Friends Pet Insurance.

    The charity received £10,000 last week after receiving the most public votes.

    The second prize of £7,000 went to Jersey Cat Rescue and third prize of £3,000 to Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary.

    “We’d like to thank Animal Friends for their generosity and our supporters for voting for us,” said Sarah Hollister, HorseWorld’s equine welfare yard manager.

    “Animal Friends Pet Insurance have been great supporters of HorseWorld in the past and stepped into to help when we’ve really needed it,” she added.


    Previous donations include £6,000 to help nurse Felix, an abandoned emaciated foal, back to health (pictured above) and £15,000 for a new all-weather surface paddock “which has been a massive help in all seasons.”

    Jess Brooks from Animal Friends visited the charity last Tuesday (26 July) to present the prize.

    HorseWorld currently has 105 horses on its 200-acre site at Whitchurch near Bristol, but numbers have been up to 140.

    The charity needs to raise £1m a year through donations and fundraising to cover running costs.

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    The next fundraising challenge takes place on 14 August when 28 HorseWorld supporters, both children and adults, take part in a charity jump at Portishead marina.

    They leap out of a boat, are given a rescue ring and then towed back to safety by a 170lb hairy Newfoundland lifeguard provided by the charity Newfound Friends.

    Cheryl Cuff, 56, is one of the HorseWorld staff taking part.

    “Having worked here for a long time I thought it would be a challenge and a good way of raising money for HorseWorld and helping raise the profile of Newfoundland dogs,” she told H&H.

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