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Redwings sanctuary near Long Stratton issues plea for support

An animal sanctuary is launching a plea for donations after being forced to spend £100,000 more than usual to keep its horses, ponies, donkeys and mules fed through the winter months.

Redwings sanctuary, which has a base near Long Stratton, cares for 1,500 animals nationwide and has come under increased pressure this winter, with persistent wet weather causing hay shortages.

This fall in supply has driven hay prices up by as much as 40 per cent from many suppliers, resulting in a significant spike in expenditure for the charity.

Feeding have spiralled this winter.
Feeding have spiralled this winter.

Rachel Angell, head of Norfolk equine operations, said: “With so many horses to look after on a daily basis, we plan our supplies carefully for each winter, but the recent incredibly poor weather, lower yields and increasing prices have created a perfect storm, where we find ourselves appealing for extra support.

“Conditions have been particularly difficult at our Norfolk sanctuary sites where the clay soil has left fields waterlogged for longer, delaying the arrival of the spring grass and forcing us to use more hay to make sure our horses stay healthy.

She added: “Luckily, we were able to find a supplier who could provide the right quantity and quality of hay but, the pandemic has placed significant pressure on our budgets.

“We urge anyone who can to consider a donation to ensure we can purchase any further hay we may need and continue to provide specialist care for our rescued horses, now and into the future.”

To make a donation to Redwings, call 01508 481000 or go online to www.redwings.org.uk/donate.

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