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War Horse Memorial partnership

Landmark partnership to support equine welfare in UK

War Horse Memorial partnership

We are proud and delighted to announce a working partnership with The War Horse Memorial, Purple Poppy Appeal.

The announcement comes ahead of the first National Animal Day on August 23, which will honour the service of animals in war and provide a lasting legacy for animals in need. They have created National Animal Day to highlight the importance of animals, and is timely given the “significant” financial implications that animal welfare charities are facing in the Covid-19 crisis due to falling donations, the closure of charity shops and visitor centres to protect staff and volunteers, and the cancellation of fundraising events.

This partnership will support the vital work of The Horse Trust, the oldest equine charity in the world. It is the only equine charity in the UK that specialises in offering a life-long retirement home to hard-working service horses from the military, police force and charities such as Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA). It was the first ever animal welfare charity to offer retirement to war horses – the first being San Toy, who was taken into the sanctuary in 1919 to see out his days after serving for the whole of the Great War. The Trust also gave retirement to Sefton and Echo, who were injured in the Hyde Park bombings of 1982, until they passed away.

Jeanette Allen, The Horse Trust Chief Executive says: “We welcome this important alliance. Our Home of Rest for Horses in Buckinghamshire remains at the heart of our charity. It is here that we care for around 150 retired and rescued horses, and where we can demonstrate and share best practice in horse care and welfare. Our doors remain closed until at least September to ensure the safety of our horses, team and visitors but our work behind closed doors continues, and this partnership with War Horse Memorial going forward will hopefully help ensure our continued success”.

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