National equine charities and Lincolnshire organisations lend helping hands to Bransby Horses

Bransby Horses

The Donkey Sanctuary and Co-op Lincolnshire are just a couple of the organisations who have donated or offered their time to Bransby Horses in the last few weeks. Teams have helped with lots of jobs from sweeping yards and poo-picking to lending an expert hand with the equines, if individuals have the right expertise.

Following serious flooding in Lincolnshire in November 2019, equine charity, Bransby Horses, lost 40% of their grazing land in a matter of days. With demand for their support at highest levels for years, more than 400 equines on site and their Barlings site not yet ready, the charity has hit crisis point.

The charity has said they need an additional £200,000 on top of the £6m the charity needs to run each year, to move 80-100 equines to their additional site, Barlings in Langworth. In just a few weeks, they have raised 15% of what is needed, from generous supporters from across the UK, but there is still lots of work to do.

As well as financial donations, the charity has been receiving offers of help from individuals who can spare a few hours, like-minded charities who share the same mission and big-hearted organisations from the area and further afield.

Rachel Jenkinson, Farm Manager at Bransby Horses said:

“We have been overwhelmed by the amazing help of our supporters and friends. We are receiving donations of money, items, time and energy which have all made an incredible difference. The messages of support are also keeping all our spirits up at this really trying time. The Donkey Sanctuary even sent us a knitted donkey with treats for the staff and then, sent their team down to help on the yards! Our challenge is by no means over and it will be a tough winter but with the continued support of generous people and our good friends, we can get through this.”

Bransby Horses has been rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses, ponies, donkeys and mules for more than 50 years. There are now almost 1,000 equines in the care of the charity with more than 400 on their site at Bransby and more than 500 in foster homes across the UK. Following the flooding of 2019, the charity is now at crisis point and is asking for people to donate, volunteer or rehome if they can, to help them continue their work through the winter and into 2020.

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