We have refrained from asking for urgent help until now, as we understand that it’s been a tough year for everyone. However, as winter approaches and we enter a second lockdown, the long-term effects of the crisis are really starting to hit home.
COVID-19 has impacted all areas of our organisation. It’s not only taken away some of our most secure sources of income but has also meant additional costs for the sanctuary too.
When lockdown was announced, one of the biggest blows was having to cancel events including our Open Days. These events are a major source of income for our small sanctuary, so this was particularly devastating for us. On top of that, and completely understandably, we have seen a drop in regular donations, as many people cut costs for fear of losing their jobs. We do not, nor have we ever, qualified for any government funding and, as our animal care team are essential workers, we were not able to furlough anyone.
Text GHCOVID followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70085.
For example, to donate £3 text GHCOVID 3
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If you’d like to give but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text GHCOVIDNOINFO followed by your amount to 70085.
Winter is always a more costly time for the sanctuary and it’s common for our animal feed and bedding bills to double. We purchase supplementary hay for our grazing animals, as well as extra straw to keep all of the residents (many of which are elderly) warm and comfortable through the colder period.
This winter, we have not had a busy year of events and visits to tide us over, and we’re facing uncertainty as to what we can organise in the future, which is why we’re asking for your help.
The cost to run the sanctuary per year
The cost per week of our winter feed bill
The cost per week of our winter vets bills
The cost per week of straw bedding for our animals
The amount we receive in government funding
Your support is vital to everything we do and there are many ways that you can help us, both large and small.