Redwings Horse Sanctuary has been awarded silver in the People’s Choice category at the Charity Film Awards in London on Tuesday (22 March).

The charity’s animated film about blind Clydesdale horse Boo was a finalist in the £5-20 million category at the red-carpet event which took place at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square.

‘A Second Chance for Boo’ was produced by Norfolk company Immersive Studios and narrated by Norfolk-born actor and writer Stephen Fry.

“We are absolutely over the moon that our film about gentle giant Boo has been recognised in this way,” said Lynn Cutress, Chief Executive of Redwings. “Thank you so much to everyone who voted for us.

“The film was made in 2020 to help raise money for the horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in Redwings’ care, and we’re really happy that Boo’s story has captured the hearts of those who voted.

“We hope that this will mean even more people will see this wonderful film and choose to support our work.”

Boo had lost the sight in one eye to cancer and was cruelly shot causing him to lose the sight in the other before coming to live at Redwings. He lived at the charity’s Hapton Headquarters for 12 years.

“He was a huge favourite amongst staff and visitors, and there remains a Boo-shaped hole in our hearts after we lost him just before Christmas,” Lynn added. “This is such a lovely tribute to him.”

Niky Ellison, Marketing Manager of Immersive Studios, said his team were so grateful to all those that voted for Boo’s Story.

“it is so wonderful to be a part of something that resonates with so many people, we loved every step of working with the team at Redwings and we sincerely hope we have done Boo proud,” he said.

The Charity Film Awards celebrate the use of film by the third sector to change mindsets and raise awareness of good causes and the work they do. They are organised by Smiley Movement CIC, the non-profit organisation for social and environmental good.

“Nothing captures hearts and minds like film,” added Nicolas Loufrani, CEO of Smiley Movement. “These films that won this evening absolutely demonstrate the importance of film for charitable campaigning and are wonderful examples of modern charity communications.

“We had more than 300 charities enter the Awards this year and generated an additional 2.5 million views across all the films. It’s a great achievement for all the charities who made it through as Finalists. Congratulations to all the winning charities.”

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