South Warwickshire animal charity fundraising open day after skyrocketing costs
A SHELTER for rescued farm animals is opening its doors to visitors this weekend as part of a fundraiser after seeing its bills nearly double.
The Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary is home to around 450 farm animals, from pigs to sheep.
But the Wolverton-based charity is being hit by the cost of living crisis, with its electricity bills doubling and its hay supplies rising by £100 a week,
Founder Carole Webb, 77, the weekly food supply of £540 is also set to rise by £80.
“We are constantly faced with huge bills, we have just paid £1,600 to empty one of the barns and next month all the sheep will have to be sheared,” said Carole. “Finding out that we are going to be hit with such a price hike on our weekly expenses is a huge blow.
“Our electricity can no longer be reduced – as much as we minimize our personal use, our animals are with us for life and we have many elderly and vulnerable sheep and pigs who need extra heat at night to keep warm. We have heat lamps in the enclosures of the most vulnerable but of course this has a price.
To raise funds, the association will hold an open house weekend on Saturday and Sunday (April 16 and 17), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., where visitors can meet the animals, shop at stalls and enjoy vegan refreshments. .
Tickets cost £5 each (under 12s are free) and can be booked online or purchased at the door. Dogs are not allowed as some sheep were attacked before being rescued.
Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary is also asking for donations of apples and bananas for the pigs, and rich tea biscuits for the sheep.
The Lucas Helps Dogs charity, which funds the treatment and care of street dogs in Sri Lanka, will also have a stall at the farm and is asking for donations of unused or recently expired pet medicine and harnesses.
In February 2021, Farm Animal Rescue Sanctuary launched a crowdfunding campaign to help cover its running costs after Covid-19 had a significant impact on its operations. Not only were the events canceled and the site closed to most volunteers, but Carol also contracted the virus and ended up in hospital.
To book Open Day tickets, visit www.farmanimalrescuesanctuary.co.uk/product/easter-open-day-tickets.
Donations can also be made at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/p/one-donation-twice-the-impact and will be matched by an anonymous donor, the charity said.