Stephen Fry has once again voiced a Christmas fundraising animation for equine charity Redwings.

Last year, Redwings released an animation narrated by the broadcaster telling the story of a long-term sanctuary resident, blind Clydesdale horse Boo, which went on to be viewed by over 225,000 people online.

This year’s animation takes supporters back to the beginnings of Redwings in 1984 and how it has transformed into a national charity caring for more than 1,500 rescued horses and donkeys at its sites every day.

Along the way, viewers meet some of Redwings’ four-legged residents who the sanctuary has rescued and given a loving home to over the years.

Stars of the animation include Shetland pony Sampson, who was rescued in 2004 when he was just one year old, and Wiggins the donkey who was abandoned by his owner on a livery yard leaving the landowner to care for him.

“For the last 37 years we’ve worked tirelessly to help horses and donkeys in desperate need and, as a charity 100% funded by donations, we’ve only been able to do this thanks to the kind generosity of our supporters,” said Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ Chief Executive.

“We’re delighted that through this new animation we can show just what a difference their support has made to animals, like Sampson and Wiggins, whose lives would otherwise have been very bleak. We’re also thrilled that the wonderful Stephen Fry has once again helped us to tell these important stories.

“Sponsoring one of our rescued residents for yourself or as a gift for a loved one is a fantastic way to help us continue to look after the horses and donkeys in our care, ensuring they can enjoy safe and healthy lives this Christmas and into the future.”

All the rescued horses and donkeys featured in the animation are available to sponsor from £2 per month, with all funds going towards their care and that of their fellow equine friends living at the sanctuary.

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