Support the Racehorse Sanctuary Winter Appeal to help this vital charity survive 2021 and carry on its vital work.

As cold weather grips the United Kingdom, The Racehorse Sanctuary is asking horse lovers for help. The charity, which is based at Mulsey Farm in West Sussex, has seen its income all but dry up thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has launched its Racehorse Sanctuary Winter Appeal to highlight its plight and raise desperately needed funds. It is hoped that horse and animal lovers will rally round to support it at this time of great need. 

The charity has suffered an enormous drop in fundraising income over the past 12 months. The ongoing impact of Covid-19 is taking its toll on the smallest charities. The Racehorse Sanctuary’s annual running costs are approximately £180,000, depending on veterinary requirements and fluctuations in the cost of forage and feed. In any year that’s a high target to meet, but this year it’s far harder. The usual fundraising activities are unable to take place and there’s a black hole totaling tens of thousands of pounds. 

Over £75,000 of fundraising income lost 

The Racehorse Sanctuary had to cancel an Autumn race day at Windsor Racecourse last year. Its regular charity fundraiser at Fontwell Park, due to take place this February, has also been cancelled. The race day at Windsor was set to raise at least £25,000 and the Fontwell charity day, held on National Spirit Hurdle Day every year, usually raises in the region of £35,000. The charity also had to cancel its 2020 Open Day, an event which raises £15,000 each year. As well as these major fundraising losses, other income sources have stopped. The Sanctuary’s amazing band of supporters have also been unable to carry out their usual calendar of sponsored events. No muddy runs, tack sales and bucket shaking which all bring in much needed cash. The hole in the charity’s finances is clear, and it threatens its very survival. 

A charity in demand

To compound its difficulties, the charity has seen an uptick in horses which need its help. Many of their owners face financial difficulties of their own. Three horses who were rehomed by the Racehorse Sanctuary, and enjoyed several fantastic years with their new keeper, were relinquished back into the charity’s care in October 2020 Their new owner simply couldn’t cope with the impact of Covid-19 on their own mental health. Thankfully, co-founder Graham Oldfield immediately stepped in to take the trio back into the care of the Sanctuary. 

How you can help

A one-off donation to the Winter Appeal. The Racehorse Sanctuary hopes that horse lovers and racing fans will offer their support by donating to the Winter Appeal. Any amount, small or large, will help the charity carry on with its vital work. The Winter Appeal JustGiving page is live now and waiting for your visit.

Become a friend of the Racehorse Sanctuary. Could you commit to donating a small amount to the Racehorse Sanctuary every month? Regular, reliable income means that the charity can plan ahead and buy essentials in bulk, making it more efficient and ensuring all money goes further. Become a friend of the Racehorse Sanctuary here.  

Start a fundraising initiative of your own! Lockdown can be downright boring if you have a little too much time on your hands, so why not dream up a fundraising idea for the Sanctuary? If you do come up with a fundraising challenge or initiative to help raise even more money for the Winter Appeal, the Racehorse Sanctuary can help publicise it on their social media channels and in their newsletter. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team via Facebook, Instagram or their website.

Thank you. 

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Notes to Editors:

The Racehorse Sanctuary was founded in 2006 by Graham Oldfield and Sue Collins to rehabilitate and rehome ex-racehorses. To date the charity has successfully helped hundreds of horses find their forever home, and it also offers a vital lifeline to those who, for whatever reason, need to stay with the team for longer. In some cases, rehabilitation can take many months, or it is decided a horse should have a home for life with the Sanctuary. These horses face a very uncertain future without this help, so it is essential that the Sanctuary survives this year. 

To speak to the Racehorse Sanctuary’s co-founder Graham Oldfield or for more information and images, please contact Victoria Malcolm on either 07702 811 067 or email [email protected]