Sanctuary for retired racehorses faces imminent closure

A sanctuary for retired racehorses is facing imminent closure.

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After a difficult financial year, the Racehorse Sanctuary, which is based in Somerset, is calling on the public to help them raise funds.

Currently the sanctuary, which has 15 racehorses in its care as well as several other horses in foster and permanent loan homes, is unable to take on any more horses.

Problems for the sanctuary started last year after the cost of leasing premises in Surrey became too high. The sanctuary downsized and moved to premises in Somerset, but has struggled to drum up support.

Several key fundraising events that were scheduled for last year – including their Christmas ball – were cancelled after a lack of support from sponsors.

As a result, the sanctuary is now expecting to have to close their doors in the next few months.

Graham Oldfield, who heads up the charity, says: “We’re living on the breadline. We moved from Surrey to Somerset as the costs were too great. This move has eaten into our reserves.

“It takes a while to become established in a new place, and I’m sure in time it will happen, but time is something that we just don’t have.

“We’re now at a point where we’re having to turn away five horses a week.”

The Racehorse Sanctuary relies on donations and funding from the public.

If you can donate, text your donation to the Racehorse Sanctuary. Text HORS20 and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

To donate money to the Racehorse Sanctuary online, visit their Just Giving page here

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