A Bristol-based equine welfare charity is offering the opportunity for runners to join their Bristol Half Marathon team, raising funds for horses, ponies and donkeys in need.

HorseWorld, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary this year, are involved in the event for the first time on Sunday 25 September.

“We’ve recently seen a large number of abandoned and neglected horses and had a steady flow of new arrivals here at HorseWorld.” said Fundraising Coordinator, Amy Williams. “The cost of living crisis has had an impact on the number of abandoned and neglected equines and together with the rise in animal feeds there is an increased pressure on welfare charities.

“All our new arrivals need veterinary care, farriery, dentistry and feeding. We have started looking at this new avenue of fundraising in the hope that it will help support them all.

“It’s unfortunate that due to a change in circumstances, several people are now unable to be part of the half marathon event. We are hoping that others would like to take up the challenge and be part of the HorseWorld team.”

HorseWorld currently care for around 100 horses, ponies and donkeys on their Whitchurch farm, and provide after-care and support for around 200 more who have been re-homed throughout the South West.

The charity also helps over 200 disadvantaged and vulnerable young people a year through a learning programme that brings them together with rescued horses.

If you would like to find out more about becoming part of the HorseWorld Bristol Half Marathon team, email amy.williams@horseworld.org.uk

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