A horse lover has raised more than £150,000 for international equine welfare charity Brooke. Shropshire-based Jenny Lack volunteers her time selling donated goods, as well as her homemade cards, in aid of the charity.
The former maths teacher has generated more than £15,000 this year alone at Ludlow Market and other venues. Much of Jenny’s sales come from house clearances as well as her own creations made with pressed wild flowers, of which she sells around 700 per year.
Jenny, who owns a retired Welsh cob, has been a passionate supporter of Brooke since seeing the charity’s work first hand in Egypt. She now works to raise awareness of the charity, which is dedicated to improving the lives of working donkeys, horses and mules around the world. Jenny uses the photos she took in Egypt during the talks she gives about Brooke’s work to local communities, and has now been supporting the charity for 35 years.
After retiring from teaching in 2007, Jenny first hit the headlines by collecting Capri Sun packets from local schools and sewing them into shopping bags, which were sold in a shop in Shrewsbury. In 2009, she became a market trader in Ludlow and now has a regular stall, which is free thanks to the generosity of Ludlow Council.
“I have a passion for recycling and reusing at my stall,” Jenny said. “I have sold everything from footstools and fire screens to false teeth!
“I enjoy talking to people about Brooke’s work – the types of problems that Brooke sees are often caused by poverty and ignorance. I like the fact that Brooke helps people as well as animals. Education is so important particularly with young people.”
To find out more about Brooke, visit www.thebrooke.org