Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys, has launched a new initiative giving supporters the chance to be more closely involved with the charity.
The programme, called Friends of Brooke, was launched last night at an evening held at Loseley Park in Surrey. The event gave guests the chance to learn all about the new scheme and chat to members of Brooke’s team.
Friends of Brooke will give supporters exclusive access to the finer details of the charity’s work and the chance to meet the people making Brooke’s work happen.
As the initiative grows, the charity says that there’ll be opportunities for supporters to attend special events throughout the year and even have a direct contact in the Brooke office to assist with any questions about their work.
Support from the programme will help to fund Brooke’s work across their international projects and improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules all over the world.
Brooke’s patron, Alastair Stewart OBE, was on hand to help with the launch last night. He was named as the charity’s patron in April 2016 and has two of his own donkeys at home called Iggle Piggle and Hobnob.
Speaking at the launch, Alastair said: “For me, there always has to have been an utterly compelling cause to work with a charity and the quality of life for all working equines is crucial.
“The idea of working with these wonderful creatures and the humans who own them was what ticked the box for me.
“With Friends of Brooke, we want to try and reach out to supporters of the charity and bring them on the journey with us. We’re learning all the time and Friends of Brooke gives supporters the opportunity to come on this journey with us so that we can complete it together.”
CEO of Brooke, Petra Ingram, was also at the launch and said: “Tonight is a celebration of Brooke and the launch of our new Friends programme.
“We are so grateful to our donors for helping us reach so many animals in need. Friends of Brooke is the perfect opportunity for our most loyal and knowledgeable supporters to hear more about the details of our work, and actually get involved by meeting the staff that make it all happen.
"A special thank you goes to Michael More-Molyneux for donating his home to us for the evening and allowing us to launch our new programme in such beautiful surroundings.
“Brooke does amazing work in very challenging parts of the world and really makes a difference to the animals living and working there. With Friends of Brooke we’re hoping like-minded people will come on the journey with us.”
Friends of Brooke give annual gifts that make a lasting impact to the welfare of working horses, donkeys and mules in developing countries around the world, making sure they have the opportunity to lead healthier, happier lives.
To find out more visit: www.thebrooke.org/friends