Remus Horse Sanctuary Joins #GivingTuesday 2022, the Global Day of Generosity on 29 November

Remus Horse Sanctuary is thrilled to announce that it is one of the thousands of organisations taking part in this year’s #GivingTuesday campaign, taking place on 29 November.

This Giving Tuesday 2022, Remus are fundraising to carry out the necessary repairs to their perimeter fencing which protects the animals. Each metre of fencing costs £40 which includes the cost of the materials, concrete and labour. Please buy a metre of fencing by donating to the appeal at: www.justgiving.com/campaign/RemusFencing.

There are numerous other ways to get involved and support Remus:

  1. Sign up to volunteer with us in 2023
  2. Buy your Christmas Cards from us this year
  3. Shop online with Give-As-You-Live and raise free funds for us
  4. Set up a regular donation
  5. Share our social media posts and newsletters with your friends, family and colleagues.

Remus Horse Sanctuary provide rescue and rehabilitation for animals such as horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep and cats that have been victims of abuse whether through malicious intent or neglect.

The Giving Tuesday campaign began in America in 2012 as a way to give back after the well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The campaign is coordinated in the UK by the Chartered Institute of Fundraising.

Giving Tuesday partners increased by 19% in 2020 from the previous year, with many notable names – including one of our Patrons, well-known actress Claire King – and a considerable 678 media mentions were observed.

On the day in 2020, £14,000 was raised each minute to support good causes, with a total overall donation amount of £20.2 million – This figure increased by £6 million from the previous year. Throughout the day, Giving Tuesday was trending on Twitter, amassing 360 million impressions.

Daniel Fluskey, Giving Tuesday UK Campaign Lead at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, says: “Giving Tuesday provides such a fantastic opportunity for every business, charity, individual, or any type of organization to celebrate generosity and encourage people to be involved in something charitable.

“This year, alongside the encouragement for people to give and support charities, Giving Tuesday will be celebrating our shared pride in the amazing generosity that we see all around us – showcasing all the different ways people support charities and communities as well as highlighting the difference that support makes.”

Sue Burton, founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary adds: “With the challenges that everyone has felt and continues to experience this year, Giving Tuesday is a great moment for us to come together to remember, share, and celebrate the causes we care about and the things we value.

“The generosity of our supporters never ceases to amaze me. Without them, our work would be impossible. I thank each and every one of them – however they are able to help us.”

For further information, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

Giving every horse a chance

Some of the horses we rescue are in the latter years of their life, but here at Remus Horse Sanctuary we believe that age is just a number.

So it was heartening to read this article in Your Horse magazine, which details several cases of older horses who have been ill or injured, and who, after treatment, recovered enough to live happily ever after.

As well as their owners seeking help quickly, and the vet treating them accordingly, the other common themes in these success stories are love and care – something that is not in short supply here at Remus.

This is why we never euthanise our horses based on sickness or age alone – they trust us to look after them, however old or sick they are and that is exactly what we do. Euthanasia is always a last resort for us.

Can you help us? The soaring temperatures in the summer turned our tasty green paddocks into wasteland and they’ve yet to recover. If you can, please contribute to our Urgent Hay Appeal.

Support us this winter for FREE

Help us enter Give as you Live Online’s £10,000 Giveaway before 31st December 2022.

Supporting Remus Horse Sanctuary couldn’t be simpler this winter thanks to Give as you Live Online’s winter giveaway, and here’s how you can take part.

Give as you Live Online are giving you the chance to earn a £10 bonus donation on top of the regular free donations you can raise by using their free shopping tool. When you sign up to support Remus Horse Sanctuary on Give as you Live Online and complete 3 fund-raising shops by the end of the year, they’ll pay us a bonus £10 donation.

Plus, when you use Give as you Live Online, you’ll raise a free donation with almost every purchase you make at over 6,000 stores, including John Lewis & Partners, Argos, Sainsbury’s, Wilko and Booking.com.

For example, if you were to click through Give as you Live Online to do your monthly grocery shopping at Sainsbury’s, you could raise up to 7.5%* of your spend back as a free donation for us. Based on a click and collect shop of £100 per month, you could raise an extra £35 a year for us, for free! Plus, there’s no limit to how much you can raise.

Getting the free £10 donation

Signing up is easy:

  1. Click here to be taken to our charity page on Give as you Live Online, and click ‘Sign up’
  2. Sign up for an account. You’ll only need to provide your name and email address
  3. Complete 3 shops by the end of December. As well as a £10 bonus donation, you’ll earn a donation on each shop

Full Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Sign up >

*Calculation of £35 a year is based on 1 £100 shop as a new customer using click and collect at 7.5%, and 11 subsequent shops as an existing customer using click and collect at 2.5%. Rates are subject to change at retailer’s discretion.

Christmas Shop now OPEN

Our Christmas shop is now officially open. Whether you are looking for gift inspiration, stocking fillers or sponsorship of a specific animal, we have gift ideas to suit all interests.

Sponsorship

Give the gift of sponsorship for Christmas cheer that lasts all year! Choose from one of our many animals.

Buy now >

Gift Selection

Scented candles, sweet and savoury gift boxes, cuddly toys and more, we’ve something for everyone!

Buy now >

2023 Calendar

Our delightful new wall calendar for 2023 features a different Remus animal for each of the 12 months of the year. Bound to put a smile on your face!

Remus Calendar 2023

Buy now >

Christmas Cards

Designed and painted exclusively for Remus, our card for 2022 features Shetland ponies Damson, April and Mopsey who were all rehomed at the Sanctuary earlier this year.

Buy now >

Purchase online via our website shop or telephone the office on 01277 356191 to place your order.

Ways to Support Remus Horse Sanctuary during the Cost-of-Living Squeeze

With household budgets being stretched, Sue Burton, founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary is asking supporters and donors not to forget about them or their horses this winter.

“We know we’re all being stretched financially right now, but some of us are being pushed to the brink. Just £5 will help us and we need your help more than ever right now.”

Remus have also considered alternative ways for people to help them without necessarily making a donation:

  1. If you’re buying Christmas cards and stocking fillers this year, consider buying from Remus. This year’s Christmas card, painted exclusively for Remus Horse Sanctuary, features rescued Shetland ponies: Damson, April and Mopsey. There is also a new wall calendar for 2023 featuring a different Remus animal on every page. Unlike charity cards and calendars for sale in shops, 100% of the proceeds will go to Remus. Visit their website to shop online.
  2. Get crafty this Christmas – use your creative skills and host a Christmas craft fair in aid of Remus. If that sounds a little challenging, consider a bake sale at your place of work, with the proceeds going towards Remus.
  3. You may not be able to give at present, but by remembering Remus in your Will, you’re helping to secure their future. If you’ve not got a Will, take a look at the Free Wills service.

This cost-of-living crisis presents several challenges to Remus as they face rapidly increasing costs; rising food bills for the animals is the chief concern, along with rising energy costs and vets bills. So too is the real terms cut in the value of donations. In addition, demand for rescue support is set to rocket as the cost-of-living squeeze impacts on those people with animals, many of whom were already struggling financially.

For further information, and innovative ways you can help support Remus Horse Sanctuary this winter, please visit www.remussanctuary.org and head to the ‘helping us’ section, or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

New rules could cut out test for horsebox drivers

New rules being considered by the Depart of Transport could mean drivers could drive horseboxes up to 7.5t without taking an additional test – and horse owners can have their say in a public consultation.

The government proposal could see the return of ‘Grandfather rights’ which would allow those who passed their test before 1 January 1997 automatically being allowed to drive larger vehicles. At the moment, only vehicles weighing up to 3.5t can be driven by drivers with a standard licence, unless they take an additional test.

The rule change is being considered in a bid to “streamline driver licensing and support jobs’’. This had already led to the decision to scrap the need for an additional test for those who want to tow trailers – good news for anyone with a towable horse box.

The government is now consulting on this proposal until 28 October – and you can have your say at www.gov.uk/government/consultations/driving-licensing-review-call-for-evidence-on-opportunities-for-changes-to-the-driver-licensing-regime

Read the full details at www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/more-people-may-be-allowed-to-drive-7-5t-horseboxes-under-new-proposals

Managing the flu vaccine shortage

The shortage of equine flu vaccine across Europe looks set to continue into October, according to the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

This is obviously a great concern for horse owners – not least at Remus Horse Sanctuary, where many of our residents are more vulnerable due to their condition and sometimes unknown vaccination status.

However, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has offered some guidance for horse owners, depending on their risk level.

Those horses most at risk are adult horses that mix regularly with other horses, and young horses under the age of four who have an incomplete vaccination history.

BEVA recommends that if your horse is in a low risk category – fully vaccinated and not mixing with others – you could defer the vaccination by up to three months, in consultation with your vet of course, ensuring that you follow up with a booster within nine months. Your vet must update the horse’s passport with the relevant information.

If your horse competes under the British Horse Society (including British Riding Clubs), the Pony Club, Riding for the Disabled Association, Association of British Riding Schools and The Showing Council they will still be allowed to enter competitions if you defer for three months and then get the nine-month booster. Again, vets must mark and sign passports documenting the delay.

Other competition organisations have put in place a temporary exemption on the requirement for boosters within six months of a competition.

You can find full details of risk categories and exemptions for competitions at: www.yourhorse.co.uk/news/eqine-flu-vaccine-shortage-advice

World Animal Day

World Animal Day, officially 4 October, has become a global celebration for all animals and the people who love and respect them – and we were proud to celebrate and support this global movement to raise the status of animals everywhere at our final Open Day of the 2022 season on Sunday 2 October.

World Animal Day is known on every continent and celebrated in different ways in many countries, with no regard to nationality, religion or political ideology.

Events such as ours, and the world over, draws attention to animal issues and makes them front page news around the globe – a vital catalyst for change. Through increased awareness and education, we sincerely hope that the world will become a fairer place for animals.

Key facts:

  • Over 1,000 events are run every year across the World
  • #WorldAnimalDay trended in 56 Countries on October 4 2019
  • And reached 39 million people around the globe
  • Many celebrities across the World support the campaign
  • World Animal Day has 97 Ambassadors across 75 Countries
  • The WAD Grant has supported 12 projects since 2014
  • Naturewatch Foundation has been the driving force for over 15 years
  • World Animal Day has been celebrated on October 4 for over 90 years

Click on the link if you would like to learn the history of World Animal Day.

Each and every one of us can make a difference. Visit the World Animal Day website and make your pledge to support Remus throughout the year ahead. To set up a monthly donation, please visit the Remus website and select ‘Monthly’ from the dropdown.

Sunday saw a delightful end to our summer events season. It was so warm that Mickey Mouse had to step in last minute for Olaf – or we fear he might have melted in the sunshine! You can see from the ground, how dry it continues to be, with very little grass growth as yet. Please, if you can, share the details of our Urgent Hay Appeal.

Queen’s favourite pony says last goodbye

As horse lovers we couldn’t help but be moved when the Queen’s favourite pony, Emma, made an appearance as the funeral procession made its way to St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Monday 19 September.

The Fell pony mare stood as the procession marched past her, accompanied by her handler Terry Pendry, stud groom and manager to The Queen at Windsor Castle.

The Queen was, of course, a keen horsewoman, who was often spotted riding in the grounds at Windsor, wearing a headscarf rather than a hat – and the scarf draped across Emma’s saddle was particularly touching.

Read more about Emma at www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/the-queens-fell-pony-emma-attends-her-majestys-funeral

Celebrate World Animal Day at Remus Horse Sanctuary on Sunday 2 October 2022

Join the animals and humans for their last Open Day of the 2022 season and celebrate World Animal Day with them on Sunday 2 October from 1pm to 5pm. Disney’s character Olaf, will also be visiting during the afternoon!

World Animal Day, officially 4 October, has become a global celebration for all animals and the people who love and respect them. It’s known on every continent and celebrated in different ways in many countries, with no regard to nationality, religion or political ideology.

Says founder Sue Burton, “Here at Remus Horse Sanctuary we are proud to celebrate and support this global movement to raise the status of animals everywhere at our final open day of 2022.

“World Animal Day makes a vital difference all over the world and It’s obviously close to our hearts here at the Sanctuary.”

Visitors are welcome at the Sanctuary from 1pm to 5pm and can enjoy meeting the 200+ animals and learn more about how the charity operates. There will also be a variety of activities for the whole family, such as walkabout entertainment, face painting, music, and many stalls to browse.

Parking is available on-site, with disabled access, and dogs are welcome on a lead. Refreshments will be available, including afternoon tea by advance booking.

Entry is just £5 for adults and £3 for children, or £12 to include the Cream Tea, per person.

The Sanctuary provides rehabilitation and care for around 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep and cats, and has been doing so since it was founded in 1983.

Tickets can be booked online via the website at www.remussanctuary.org/events/open-day-sanctuary-october.

For further information, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

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