Pat Sells will set out on the mission this October

Pat Sells will set out on the mission this October

Horses and donkeys in Gambia desperately need your help!

By Imogen Johnson

General news

29 September 2011 11:01

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust has teamed up with Vetericyn and two Suffolk-based vets to deliver essential medical aid and supplies to the charity's clinic in, Gambia - could you offer some much needed support?

Vets Pat Sells and Laura Heaps will begin a gruelling 4000 mile journey to Gambia at the end of October and in addition to transporting supplies the 4X4 truck they’ll drive, as part of 'The Vetericyn VF Veterinary Mission To The Gambia', will also be donated to the clinic.

Every year horses and donkeys die needlessly from disease and neglect and the scale of the animal welfare problem is staggering. 

“95% of the world's veterinary care focuses on just 5% of the world's animals and livestock! There are over 100 million equines in the developing world - a figure that I can't quite comprehend,” said Pat.

“The vast majority of these are without any access to veterinary care, and under the constant threat of fatal infectious diseases. It's time we tried to balance this inequality and make a difference!"

With the help of sponsors such as Vetericyn, along with a number of others Pat hopes they will be able to do just that.

"The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is changing the lives and futures of untold numbers of animals and their owners in Western Africa. Our goal in sponsoring the trip and donating Vetericyn products is to help the Trust save animals who may have otherwise died from wounds and infections. We couldn't be more impressed by the selfless work of this group, and are proud to support them," said Brian Costigan of Vetericyn.

The charity’s co-founder Heather Armstrong thanked all the people and firms supporting the charity and the mission including Vetericyn, Pat and Laura plus all of the people who have rallied round to help the charity so far. She also stated that there is still much more to do to ensure that the people and farmers who rely on horses, donkeys and mules in Gambia go on to receive continued support.

“Every bit of help is going to not just ensuring the horses and donkeys are fed and treated but that local residents learn how to continue looking after them for the rest of their lives,” explained Pat.

“There are so many people we need to thank for making this mission finally happen. Vetericyn for supplying much needed veterinary supplies and the money towards the vehicle, of course, but also those who have all thrown their support behind us such as Audevard, Mitchell Skoda, The Open College of Equine Studies, Tutavet, Virbac, Elanco, Hallmarq and all those people who have dug deep into their pockets and donated what they could.

“The work doesn’t stop here though and we are always in need of the kindness of strangers to donate whatever they are able to ensure that Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust can continue helping people for many years to come.”

Your Horse believes this is a fantastic mission and would love it if Your Horse readers could offer any support at all. Pat and Laura are close to hitting their £7000 target so please help them to do it.

If you are able to donate anything – even just £1, please visit and give whatever you can.

Pat and Laura will be keeping people up-to-date on their marathon mission, at