Funds for Essential Equine Hospital

£2,587 of £20k goal

Raised by 64 people in 14 months
Emma Meadmore  Nuthurst, ENG
This campaign has been set up to raise funds for The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust to enable them to complete the building of an essential equine hospital in an urban area of The Gambia. Funds are desperately needed to finish this ground breaking centre which will help to vastly improve the welfare of the working equines in this region.  Not only will this centre treat equines but it will be significant by educating and increasing the Gambian veterinary capacity and providing training opportunities for overseas vets so that they can provide the support that these animals and their owners in this coastal region of the Gambia are sadly lacking.  The Gambia is a very poor country and many owners do not have access to a vet if their animals need one. The equine hospital will provide stabling for 25 in-patients, offices, a visitor centre and a lecture room together with accommodation for volunteers, students and staff.

The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust was set up in 2002 by two truly inspirational British sisters who were brought up in the Gambia, Stella Marsden and the charity’s director Heather Armstrong. Heather was dealt an enormous blow in 2008 with the untimely death of Stella and to this day she works tirelessly, without taking a salary, to provide help to tens of thousands of working equines in the Gambia and to alleviate their suffering. The Gambia is one of the poorest countries in West Africa and without healthy working animals that are used for farming and transport, the families find it extremely difficult to earn a living. A healthy working animal can increase a farming family’s income by 500 %. Over the past 14 years Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust have provided treatment and assistance to some 70,000 animals.
  http://www.gambiahorseanddonkey.org.uk/
https://twitter.com/GambiaHDT




WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP
 DONATE – please donate any amount that you can spare so that we can alleviate equine suffering and improve the lives of the Gambian people
FUNDRAISING EVENTS – cake sales, sponsored marathons, jumble sales, karaoke evening, quiz nights, horse and dog shows, recycling – the list is endless of events to raise funds
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Installing solar power, fencing and poles, glass for windows, stable fittings including mosquito netting, paint, rubber matting, sand, cement, hay to fill the barn, wages for local labour, plumbing and electrical installations, transport costs. Our biggest expense will be £10,000 that is needed to roof the new stable blocks.
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Update 26
Posted by Emma Meadmore
12 months ago
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Thanks to our supporters who have recently donated, the building work is coming along at the new centre. We have to move on to the next element which is building the stairs for which we need £1,450. As you can see from the photo of our charity director, Heather Armstrong, we desperately need to fit the stairs ( ! ) to enable us to get closer to completion and then we will be able to start helping the working animals in this area on the Gambia too. Thank you again for your fantastic support so far, please keep sharing. Thank you.
Heather Armstrong on the temporary stair
Heather Armstrong on the temporary stair
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Update 25
Posted by Emma Meadmore
12 months ago
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Thanks to everyone for your support but we still have a way to go to reach our goal. Our charity director has just returned from our new centre in the Gambia and she is pleased to report that because of your kind donations the roof has now started on the new stable blocks. This new centre will make such a difference to the welfare of the equines in this region of the Gambia so please keep sharing so that we can finish this amazing project.
The new roof on the stable blocks
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Update 24
Posted by Emma Meadmore
12 months ago
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Thank you all for all of your support and donations, we are still a way off of completing so please keep sharing this campaign. We run a regular Donkey club for local children to attend with their donkeys. The Donkey Club aims to help the children to develop empathy towards their animals and an understanding of their needs. This is achieved through integrating donkey care with sport and has led to the development of a game now known locally as Donkey Ball. Donkey Ball is a cross between football and netball on donkey-back and has played a huge part in helping the children to develop better relationships with their animals. The desire to become part of the local Donkey Ball teams has encouraged the children to take excellent care of their animals and also to handle them kindly and gently.
Learning compassion and empathy
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Update 23
Posted by Emma Meadmore
12 months ago
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Thanks to everyone for their donations but we still have a way to go to build this much needed equine hospital. As well as treating animals the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust have also provided over 150 donkeys to needy families who were unable to afford to purchase their own donkey. The donkey recipients attend an intensive training course at the GHDT centre where they are educated about how to appropriately care for and handle a donkey. The recipient must provide a house for the donkey to shelter in before their donkey is allocated to them.
The donkeys are provided on loan to the families in need, and the project manager travels to visit all of the donkeys every month to ensure they are being properly taken care of, and to provide veterinary treatment if required.
Training
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Gail Hall
14 months ago

Dr. Williams' School of Dolgellau was where we all met the two girls. Heather is doing a terrific job, but needs help. Can you help please?

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£2,587 of £20k goal

Raised by 64 people in 14 months
Created February 29, 2016
KS
£300
Kathy Sharman
11 months ago

Raised on a tombola/sales table at Standon May Day

VM
£57
vicki miller
12 months ago

From West Essex Saddlery charity box

LR
£100
Linda Rimington
12 months ago
RL
£10
Rosy Lyon
12 months ago

The work you do is amazing, not only in caring for the equines but also in the education of others as to how to keep thier working animals X

JR
£50
Julie Revell
12 months ago

Hope it doesn't take too long to reach your target Emma. Well done x

JT
£25
Joy Taylor
12 months ago

Proceeds of some items sold on Ebay.

£25
Annie Beal
12 months ago

Bless you for helping these horses.

JH
£5
Jade Heron
13 months ago
MM
£20
Mary McFarlane
13 months ago
CA
£20
Cerian Adams-Stephens
13 months ago
Gail Hall
14 months ago

Dr. Williams' School of Dolgellau was where we all met the two girls. Heather is doing a terrific job, but needs help. Can you help please?

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