Around 15 years ago, we changed our fencing from wire to post and rail. Unfortunately we are now finding that its come to the end of its life – the posts and rails are starting to deteriorate quite rapidly. This means we need to start a rolling plan of repairs asap – could it have come at a worse time?! We’ll start first with the perimeter fencing to keep the animals secure and with a 40-acre site that’s no mean feat!
As you can imagine, this cost on top of everything else right now is quite crippling.
Will you help us by buying a metre of fencing or by donating towards the cost of the fencing? Each metre of fencing costs in excess of £40 including the timber, labour and concrete.
We would love to hear from you if you can help us reach our goal. You’ll be able to see for yourself the difference you have made.
Please visit our JustGiving Appeal page to find out more> https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/RemusFencing.
If you prefer to telephone the Sanctuary to make a donation, you can call us on tel: 01277 356191.
Storm Eunice Wreaks Havoc at Elderly Horse Sanctuary
Storm Eunice raged through the Sanctuary on Friday 18 February 2022, tearing apart field shelters and flipping them into the air like cardboard, flattening fences and ripping tiles from roofs. Please help Remus rebuild and make the necessary repairs and replacements.
Field Shelters cannot be covered by insurance and, due to the rising cost of timber and inflation, Ms Burton is estimating a total of £34,500 will be required to address the full list of repairs resulting in the wake of Storm Eunice.
Initial investigations have reported a lengthy list of repairs at the Sanctuary amounting to tens of thousands of pounds. Major repairs are required as follows:
- Five field shelters destroyed
- Roof tiles missing from Donkey shed and across the yard
- Skylights in roofs blown out
- Apex and other bits of roofs broken
- Fencing smashed to ground
Founder of the charity, Sue Burton said, “We have never seen such devastation in such a short period of time – five field shelters were shattered, fences were flattened and tiles were ripped from roofs.
“As a charity we’re still reeling from the pandemic and losing out on all that fundraising for such a long period of time, so for something like this to happen now… well it’s beyond words!”
To help rebuild Remus please donate via their JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/campaign/rebuild-remus-after-eunice.
For further information about the invaluable work at the Sanctuary, visit www.remussanctuary.org or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.
Giving Checkout – A New Online Tool by JustGiving
In the past year, more and more people have been going digital and JustGiving is addressing this by helping charities and supporters get a smoother user journey through its new online donation tool called Giving Checkout.
Why is this important to us?
Put quite simply, it’s a no-brainer! Giving Checkout is completely free to use for your direct donations (including regular gifts), so every donation makes an even bigger impact for us. Plus there’s no platform fees on JustGiving and, for Giving Checkout donations, they’ll cover the processing fee from a donor’s voluntary contribution if you do “tip” or absorb the cost if you don’t. Plus, donations can be made in five currencies via all major credit and debit cards, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay and Pay with Bank Transfer. As an HMRC approved Gift agent JustGiving can boost all eligible donations by 25% (though a 5% fee does apply for this service).
What to do next?
If you see a JustGiving ‘Donate Now’ button, please click it!
Thanking you, as always!
Introducing a new, speedy way to donate on JustGiving
We’re excited to share that JustGiving is the first fundraising platform in the UK to launch an exciting, new payment method enabled by open banking that will make it even easier for people to donate to us here at Remus Horse Sanctuary.
This message is perfect timing in one regard as we lost one of our field shelters over the weekend to Storm Ciara – will you help us raise the necessary funds to replace it? You can find out more and see pictures of the damage on our Facebook page at: facebook.com/RemusHorseSanctuary.
Anyway, the new payment method is called Pay with Bank transfer and just like the name suggests, it enables donations to be made on JustGiving via a bank transfer. There’s no set up required, it’s very simple and speedy to use, and with the payment handled entirely by the donor’s bank, it’s super secure.
Pay with Bank transfer is powered by American Express but open to everyone, so any of you with a UK bank account will be able to give to us and our appeals on JustGiving in just a few clicks – all without card details to hand.
How does it work?
All a donor will need to do is click on the ‘Bank transfer’ button on the donation page of JustGiving and select their UK bank. They’ll then be automatically redirected to the bank’s webpage or app, where they will authenticate using their normal method and approve the pre-filled transfer details. That’s it. Check out the video on YouTube to see it in action: https://youtu.be/Bn8OzlPOlHU.
What are the benefits of donating with Bank transfer?
Pay with Bank transfer allows people to make donations on the go, even when they don’t have their card to hand. It also shows them their account balance before they approve the donation, and means they’ll benefit from bank-grade security, as the payment will be handled entirely by their bank.
You can view and please donate to our Winter Feed Appeal on JustGiving here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/WinterFeedAppeal2020.
Charity Reminds People to Remember Rescued Animals this Christmas
As families and friends sit down to their Christmas feast on Christmas Day and pile on the leftovers on Boxing Day, Remus Horse Sanctuary are asking people everywhere to consider its rescued animals.
Sue Burton, Founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary commented: “Every year we see hundreds of horses and ponies die during the winter months through starvation. This continues to be a huge crisis in the UK. We try and rescue as many animals as we possibly can, but this comes at a substantial cost.”
Remus Horse Sanctuary will not euthanise by age alone and, as our rescued animals get older, the medical bills increase, and they require more time, care, special food, and heat to keep them warm over the winter months.
The charity has created an appeal page on Just Giving to help raise £2,500 towards the cost.
The news regularly features horses that are victims of physical and mental abuse and Remus continue to receive calls daily throughout the year. However, the cold winter months will make any situation worse and the animals at Remus need your help.
Keeping an animal fed over winter will give it a chance to thrive into spring – forage also helps keep horses and ponies warm. Without the Sanctuary’s help, many animals would die a slow, painful and unnecessary death in the unrelenting cold weather.
Sue added: “We’re launching the new winter feed appeal to raise £2,500 to help feed not only the animals in our care at the farm, but also to help aid more rescue operations.”
We also offer a variety of foodstuffs via our online shop where people can buy and donate a bale of hay, bag of animal food, straw bedding and more. A week’s supply of food and hay for a tethered horse will help improve their life and wellbeing for just £25 and help get them through the cold winter months.
Visit: www.remussanctuary.org/product-category/animal-treats to find out more or contact Sue Burton on telephone: 01277 356191.
Winter Feed Appeal
You can help hundreds of horses like Daisy (pictured) survive this winter by supporting our 2018 Winter Feed Appeal.
Many horses will die this winter without food. We can help them, but we need your donations to help us buy the sheer volume of hay that is always required. We cannot afford to buy the lorry loads of hay to deliver out, without your support.
In the picture, Daisy is safe, warm and fed, now happily residing at Remus Horse Sanctuary – she is one of eight horses that we rescued in the summer of 2018. Two of those horses were left out in the heatwave with no food, water or shelter; two horses were kept in a cage, again with no food or water; four stallions had been kept in closed dirty stables for two years… Can you picture the horror of that situation?
Sadly, it’s one that many, many foals and horses experience and will die without our assistance. The cold winter months will make any situation worse and we will need to get food and water out to them regularly to avoid starvation and ultimately death. We will try to deliver as many lorry-loads of hay to those horses that need it, but it will set the Sanctuary back many thousands of pounds. We need your help to raise those funds.
At present, there are more than 7,000 horses at risk in the UK and the welfare crisis in this country continues to escalate year on year with little or no progress – when the mares foal, the problem doubles and so on and so forth each year.
The news regularly features horses that are victims of physical and mental abuse and we continue to receive calls daily throughout the year. Keeping an animal fed over winter will give it a chance to thrive into spring. Forage also helps a horse keep warm. Without the Sanctuary’s help, many animals will die a slow, painful and unnecessary death.
Thank you so much for your support. It means the world to us and our animals and we look forward to seeing you again for our first Open Day in May.
In the Heart of a Horse
This post is written in memory of Jimmy, Milo, Ruddles, Sky, Rosie, Timmy, Rosie Goat, Orchid and Scoobie. If you would like to make a donation in their memory, and help us take care of more rescued animals in the future, please do so via Just Giving and PayPal.
From everyone at Remus, animals and humans alike, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
In the Heart of a Horse – Poem by Unknown Author
When your day seems out of balance
and so many things go wrong…
When people fight around you
and the day drags on so long…
When parents act like children,
in-laws make you think “Divorce”…
Go out into your pasture…
and wrap your arms around your horse.
His gentle breath enfolds you,
and he watches with those eyes.
He may not have a PhD,
but he is, oh so wise!
His head rests on your shoulder.
You embrace him oh so tight.
He puts your world in balance,
and makes it seem all right.
Your tears they soon stop flowing.
The tension is now eased.
The garbage has been lifted,
and you’re quiet and at peace.
So when you need the balance
from circumstances in your day…
The best therapy that you can seek…
is out there eating hay!!