The coronavirus, i try not to watch the media to much as i find its all really there to rule by fear, but when bookings start to cancel and no new bookings are coming in then alarm bells start to ring.
We fit in nowhere on the help front and just pray that the bit of savings for a rainy day last, but its not looking good.
I have tried to put off doing a go fund me as i know we are all worrying and i thought as long as i have emergency reserves in place i could scrape through, but with the recent passing of our much loved friend kevin who literally was the backbone to our sanctuary our expenses have increased massively as we can no longer rely upon kevins support, plus we now have his 7 cats plus ferals to look after, as well as a big increase in household bills.
We are a family run sanctuary and all income is generated from visits and stays. Sadly at present there is no help for us as we are self employed & non profit, and there will be no support to help us feed our animals~ a very worrying time.
i know we are all having a hard time but if just one person out there can help we would be so grateful
We have tried very hard to become more self sustaining and we were totally relying upon our room bookings in scarborough and our new launched on site accommodation, sanctuary tours, sheep walking and we were going to launch a goat and cow experience here on the sanctuary.
We were very positive that we could achieve a lot this summer and even though times have been very difficult we had a good feeling about all our new ideas this year.
Sadly we are taking no bookings now and the vast majority of our business bookings for our rooms have cancelled, leaving us with literally no income other than the donations from our loyal supporters that is nowhere near what is needed to keep us going.
Its lambing time coming up and we will need vet care, lamb milks and course food on top of all we need for the rest, we may need to turn away requests to take in orphans which is heartbreaking.
Can you help...every penny means so much, we will stock up on animal food, hay and straw and also much needed vet care
- Rhi Rhi
- Mary Steudtel
- Linda Beaumont