Christmas Order Deadlines

Thankfully Claire continues to be very busy sorting through all of the Christmas orders and gift sponsorships, and is skipping down to the Post Office with brave regularity given the cold weather we’ve been handed by Storm Barra et al!

However, regardless of how many trips she makes, sadly we cannot influence what Royal Mail do or don’t do. For that reason, you’ll find our deadline dates for ordering a little earlier than the normal recommended posting dates.

  • For 2nd class orders, please place your order no later than Friday 17 December
  • For 1st class orders, please place your order no later than Monday 20 December

As you know, we rely solely on the generosity of the public and our own fundraising to raise money for the Sanctuary. And, for each and everyone of you who has shopped with us this festive season, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts! To be honest, the animals don’t mind where the money comes from, so long as it delivers food and warm bedding! 💚

To snap up those last-minute stocking fillers, visit our Christmas Shop.

And don’t forget to save us your used postage stamps!

Remus Horse Sanctuary Celebrating the Christmas Season

Despite not being able to open our gates over the winter months, Remus Horse Sanctuary are organising and participating in a wealth of events over the festive season:

  • Christmas Sale Saturday 2 November at St Peters Church, Hutton
  • Winter Sale Saturday 9 November at Writtle Village Hall
  • Winter Sale Saturday 16 November at Billericay Reading Rooms
  • Antiques Fair Sunday 17 November at Stock Village Hall
  • Stall at the Christmas Market Saturday 1 December on Billericay High Street
  • Quiz Night Friday 6 December at Courage Hall, Brentwood

Full details for all of the above can be found on our website at www.remussanctuary.org/events.

Furthermore, our Christmas Gift Shop is now available online with some lovely gift items including stocking fillers, Christmas cards and of course our new wall calendar for 2020.

Sue Burton, Founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary said, “Our gift packs are very popular and great value at just £8.99 and our Plum Puddings always sell out really quickly – they come in three different sizes.”

The plum puddings are light and delicious, full of luxury fruits and nuts soaked in plenty of brandy and dry sherry. They range from £2.25 for the mini pud to £8.50 for the largest.

The online gift shop also features clotted cream shortbread, clotted cream fudge, notepads, pens and pencils and – new for 2019 – tins of shortbread buttons with a choice of picture on the lid, including puppies, kittens and of course horses! The shortbread tins cost just £3.50.

And last but not least, the beautiful 2020 Wall Calendar is packed full of pictures of your favourite Remus animals on every page. The calendar is A4, wirobound with a hanging clip and comes with an A4 envelope.

“As always,” concluded Sue, “we are deeply indebted for everyone’s support. Every year the charity faces the threat of closure due to spiralling costs and we couldn’t continue our rescue work without your help.”

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

Autumn Update

It has been a tough 6 months at Remus. We have rescued eight horses from a multi-animal rescue including Daisy, top left, who is emaciated and had cancerous lumps through her body and is in her 30s.

Tiffany, middle left, stood out in a field with no shelter in all that extreme heat with a thick shaggy coat – since coming into Remus she has been clipped and feels so much better for it. Both mares are dear old girls and did not deserve to suffer in this way. There is a long way to go with their care but we hope to pull them through, although we aren’t sure with Daisy but if we can at least give her some months of happiness with a full belly then we will be happy we have achieved something and helped her. She is devoted to Tiffany and they are just loving their life at Remus where they are comfortable and have access to all the food they want.

Flint and Marmite 2 spent much of their lives in a cage but are now enjoying their freedom at Remus and absolutely adore each other.  It is increasingly hard to comprehend how people can treat such innocent animals in such an awful way.  We also rescued four stallions, one of which was in the most awful condition and all of them had spent the last two years cooped up in dark dirty stables with no access to the outside.

As the problem was so dire last winter, what will happen this winter? All the Traveller mares have foaled and all will be heavily in foal again by the winter so yet more thousands of horses born to die.  This is a huge crisis and one that we have to be able to help with by dealing with the bigger underlying issues and also by getting in there and monitoring the horses and getting food and shelter to them.  Sometimes it is just a case of getting lorry loads of hay into fields each week to keep these horses alive – this is not something we have needed to do on this scale before and it set the Sanctuary back many thousands of pounds last winter. Hopefully we can help keep them alive whilst we work in the background to get something done at Parliamentary level to help the overall problem.

We are still finding horses in poor conditions as they are uncared for, and the dry weather has meant little grass growth, so we have not yet experienced the usual summer time lull.  We desperately want to keep up this vital help for these innocent and majestic creatures but can only do this with your support.

Here at Remus we have to regularly put animals to sleep to prevent them suffering, It doesn’t get easier – if anything it gets harder, but we know our job is to prevent suffering, not cause it. If there is a chance, we will take it in the hope of allowing the animal to enjoy life longer. It’s always a hard decision and one that tears us apart to make. And every once in a while, whilst we don’t have favourites (how could you? They are all uniquely lovely) one comes along that captures your heart. Sparkey, bottom left, captured ours – a dear little guy who fought so hard against all the odds with all his problems – always driven by his love for people and his love for food. We were all heartbroken to have to make the decision to let him go to prevent him any more suffering. He had the major operation on his skull to clear all the food that had built up through a hole in his gums and he came through that but sadly the surgery brought on his laminitis and as much as he and we tried he couldn’t fight it. Rest in peace Sparkey boy – run free!

Shopping List

These are items always needed at the Sanctuary, which some members like to buy to help us out with costs etc.

Christmas Items

It’s that time of year again!! It won’t be long now until Christmas, so you can now browse our Christmas Shop which includes our new calendar and Christmas cards, and lots of other new items for this year.

May I take this opportunity to thank you all so much for your help and support over the years – without it, we simply could not do our work and help so many horses. THANK YOU SO MUCH FROM EVERYONE AT REMUS.

Give the Gift of Life this Christmas

Remus Horse Sanctuary in Essex provides home for over 200+ rescued animals and many are available for sponsorship, making a truly unique and thoughtful gift this Christmas.

The gift sponsorship will include a photo certificate and a fact sheet about the animal, with regular updates throughout the year.

A Remus animal can be sponsored for just £25 a year.  Alternatively, if preferred, Remus also offer a monthly direct debit scheme for as little as £2 per month, payable by Standing Order.

Gift sponsorships can be ordered from the online shop on the Remus website or a standing order mandate from can be downloaded again from the website and posted to: Remus Horse Sanctuary, Little Farm, Buttsbury, Near Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NZ.

Remus Horse Sanctuary provides lifetime help and care for horses, ponies, donkeys, goats, sheep, cows and cats, that are victims of physical and mental abuse, be it as a result of ignorance or malicious intent.

The Remus Sponsorship Scheme provides ongoing care for the animals at the Sanctuary once they have been rescued, as well as contributing towards funds for future animal rescue.

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

 

 

Support Remus when Shopping for Christmas

Support us when you’re shopping for Christmas this year!

Did you know that you can raise money for Remus Horse Sanctuary when buying gifts, food and decorations this Christmas without it costing you a penny extra?

Well you can, just by shopping online via Give as you Live.

So, this Christmas, whether you’re buying gifts for the kids, parents, friends or even an extra one for yourself, please shop through Give as you Live and raise money for Remus Horse Sanctuary, at no extra cost.

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