Horse Charity’s Plea for Autumn Open Day

Remus Horse Sanctuary’s final Open Day of the 2018 season will take place on Sunday 7 October and feature a whole host of entertainment for children including: children’s entertainer, Magic Dave, face painting, many games and two bouncy castles; musical entertainment will be provided by local band, Midnite Blu; refreshments of sandwiches and cakes (including gluten free) will be available all afternoon; a raffle, tombola and numerous stalls will amuse the whole family.

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However, its not all fun and laughter at the horse charity near Ingatestone in Essex. The summer heatwave meant that grass everywhere struggled to grow and Remus, in particular, needed to buy in food throughout those many months stretching our already limited budget. As a result, its already forecasting a need for additional financial support to get through the cold winter months.

Founder, Sue Burton, said: “We’ve never been a rich charity but just as we get our heads above water something else comes along to knock us back.   

“Our work here never gets any easier – rescuing a horse is expensive and normally it’ll either be in ill health or suffering some other form of trauma. It then requires extra medical attention, round the clock care, medication and specialist food.

“Our bills seem to rise constantly, and the cold weather brought on by the winter means extra heat and extra food and nourishment for both the ill and the elderly animals. You can see why people liken us to a hospice!”

For those unable to visit on Sunday 7 October, Sue is pleading for donations to help with the task ahead, “Please help us get through another winter. I’ve given my life for the animals in our care at Remus, but we can’t continue to do it without financial support.”

Full details of how donations can be made can be found on the website at:

Entry to the Open Day event on Sunday 7 October is just £4 for adults and £2 for children and the gates will be open from 1pm until 5pm at the Sanctuary’s premises near Ingatestone in Essex.  Parking is available on-site, with disabled access, and dogs are welcome on a lead.

The Sanctuary has been providing rehabilitation and care for over 200 animals, including horses, ponies, donkeys, cows, goats, sheep and cats for the past 35 years. All of the animals at Remus are victims of physical and mental abuse, be it as a result of ignorance or malicious intent.

Naturally, the Open Days are a vital source of fundraising for us as, due to our location on greenbelt land, we can only open to the public for a limited number of days each year.

Sue Burton concluded, “The Open Days are a really important to us, not only in terms of fundraising, but they also give us opportunity to educate people about what we do here. Visitors will have a fun day meeting our latest rescues and learning about our many other successes.”

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

Fashion Show Raises £950

Our first ever fashion show took place recently on Saturday April 7th at Stock Village Hall. You can see some photos alongside! With 100 ladies in attendance, the event raised a fabulous total of £950 for the Sanctuary.

Our Founder Sue Burton gave an introductory talk at the start and thanked everyone for their support and talked them through the latest arrivals at the Sanctuary.

The fashion show itself was 90 minutes long and everyone was then given the opportunity to purchase clothing on the night – much of the merchandise was being offered at up to 50% off! The show and clothing were provided by Colours Fashion Company who had come all the way from Manchester! It was all branded clothing including M&S, Wallis, New Look, Top Shop, River Island and many others. The evening also included refreshments and a raffle, which alone raised £200.

Almost everyone treated themselves to clothes and some ladies left with armfuls!

Once again the event was run mainly by volunteers and without their support this, and events like this, could not happen. We are so grateful to them.

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