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Light At The End Of The Tunnel


As cold wet weather grips the United Kingdom, The Racehorse Sanctuary is asking horse lovers for help. The charity has seen its fundraising income all but dry up thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, and has launched its 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 as the ongoing impact of Covid-19 takes 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, but its usual fundraising activities are currently unable to take place. This has led to a black hole totalling tens of thousands of pounds.

Over £75,000 of fundraising income lost

The Racehorse Sanctuary sadly had to cancel an Autumn race day at Windsor last year and 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 As well as major fundraising losses such as these, the Sanctuary’s amazing band of supporters have also been unable to carry out their usual calendar of sponsored 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.

To compound its difficulties, the charity has seen an uptick in horses which need its help, as 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 December. Their new owner simply couldn’t cope as the impact of Covid-19, health issues and finances got too much. 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 this winter 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:

There is light at the end of the tunnel – we just have to get there!

Thank You