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Devastating Loss of our Stables

Updated: Nov 13, 2023

Dear supporter,


We wanted to let you know about some important changes happening at our sanctuary. 😢


Pedro, the last pony to be evicted from our stables.
Pedro, the last pony to be evicted from our stables.

Our centre has always been divided into two parts, the first being our visitors centre and the second our stables.


Very recently we were sadly asked to vacate our horses' stables and move all of our animals and belongings, with very little notice. This was an area our charity had full use of since opening in 1989.


Also, attached to the stables was a covered sand school, a vital building that during winter acted as a dry fundraising and events area and a safe winter horse turnout area. This is a significant loss to us, and we have already had to cancel multiple winter fundraising events including our wildly popular Halloween Evening, which will ultimately cause us extra financial strain.


We are now undertaking an urgent effort to construct new stables and enclosures on our visitor site, which is both secure and privately owned.


We kindly ask our supporters for as much support as possible during these extra difficult times.


We have the utter confidence in the abilities of our dedicated volunteers, our supporters, and the resilience of our animals.


There are lots of ways we need support, including financially. As you can imagine the sheer cost for us to build and erect new stables, concrete new areas, and build suitable enclosures is scary.


Help is also needed; we need extra volunteers to support us with not only the regular daily animal care but also the future building work.


We kindly plea for as much help as can be offered – this is a beyond frightening period for us, but we must continue to push forward for the sake of our animals. They are the reason we do what we do.


Please be assured that we will always put the needs of our animals first and that we will reopen to the public next Spring.


If you can help, please contact us, or leave a donation.


Your unwavering support warms our hearts, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to you. Together, we will overcome these setbacks.


Northcote Heavy Horse Centre,

Terena – Unpaid Manager. All our volunteers and animals.





 

Fundraiser Updates - 13 November 2023


Thank you for helping us reach our initial GoFundMe target of £2000! ❤️


We’re absolutely blown away by the level of support for our sanctuary during this time of change.


We have already started on multiple projects, including rebuilding our pig enclosure, new chicken runs, concreting and much more. We are also well underway prepping an area for the stables, and we look forward to sharing our progress with you.




Fundraiser Updates - 30 October 2023


We would like to give a massive thank you to everybody that has been offering their incredible support, either by words of kindness or by leaving a donation.


Between our GoFundMe page and our website we've raised around £2000 so far, which is such an amazing start! It means we can really get cracking on reinventing our enclosures and modifying our stables asap.

As many of you know, we have recently lost access to the stable side of our sanctuary, meaning many of our horses and animals have had to move over to our visitors centre. This means we're having to rapidly build and modify stables that are better suited to our heavy horses, ponies and smaller animals while also allowing us to continue to open to the public.


If you would like to support us we kindly ask you to take a look at our GoFundMe fundraiser here: https://gofund.me/5e97d6ce

Or leave a donation on our website here: www.northcotehorses.com/donate

We can't stress how worrying this situation is for us, we are working at full speed to ensure our animals have the best, safest and most loving home we can provide.


We are so grateful for your continued support and we will keep you all updated as go on! ❤️


A few people have asked why we have been asked to move our animals. It is primarily due to the land owner selling the property.

A sad sight - empty stables that we have used since 1989.
A sad sight - empty stables that we have used since 1989.

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