Horse rescue charity Mane Chance, based near the Sussex/Surrey border south of Guildford,has received a welcome £20,000 Christmas surprise thanks to Animal Friends Insurance. Representatives of this company, including founder and managing director Elaine Fairfax handed over the money to Jenny Seagrove, actress and founder of the charity.
It was one of the best kept secrets and was a surprise to everyone, including Jenny, except Elaine and Animal Friends representatives, at a special Christmas lunch in Guildford.
The Mane Chance was founded in 2011 by actress Jenny Seagrove on a 47 acre site in Compton, which rescues and rehabilitates old, abused and abandoned horses. It aims to integrate them with the local community, and welcomes sick, special needs and underprivileged youngsters to the sanctuary so the two can interact.
“We rescue and rehabilitate those horses who have suffered in the past but then those horses in turn, repay us by helping children who are suffering in the present. Our horses have been beaten, abused, starved to the state of collapse, left with open wounds or broken bones but have survived and deserve to live the rest of their days with comfort and dignity. Here, thay can live a wonderfully free and safe life, where they are loved and fed on equal measure, ” said the charity.
It added:” The horses seem to be able to sense the needs of these children who visit us, and are so gentle and loving towards them, it makes all the efforts so worthwhile. We are always delighted to welcome children from our friends, Challengers and The Shooting Star Chase Hospices.”
Meanwhile Elaine Fairfax is committed to Animal Friends Insurance, one of the biggest pet and equine insurance provider companies in the UK., which she set up in 1998. She has always generated funds from the company to donate to animal welfare charities.
She explained: “Mane Chance has been a contender in our Vote for a Charity Facebook competitions before now and secured donations from us as a result. We have been proud to support the charity whose work involves more than just housing the horses; it enlists the help of behavioural therapists and veterinarians to ensure that, as far as possible, the horses can be rehabilitated from some of the terrible hardships they have suffered at the hands of previous owners.”
At the presentation, Jenny said: “Mane Chance probably actually wouldn’t still be going without Elaine and Animal Friends Pet Insurance.”
Speaking at the event Elaine said: “We are a great supporter of Mane Chance and always will be. We love the work that Jenny and all her staff do, they do such rewarding work for the horses and it’s lovely to see everyone so happy.We are delighted to include Mane Chance in our Christmas Giveaway and look forward to watch the charity grow in 2015.”
For more details about Animal Friends Insurance, which has just been voted as Animal Insurance Company of 2014, see www.animalfriends.org.uk
To learn more about Mane Chance, see its website: http://manechancesanctuary.org