We are pleased to announce that the building work for the first phase of a new ‘Equine Hospital’ facility at Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary in Brightwell-Cum-Sotwell began recently.
The purpose built hospital comprising of a treatment and convalescent area, two holding pens and a veterinary and staff hygiene area will provide facilities for essential veterinary treatment, in a warm, sterile environment. Donkeys at the sanctuary are currently having to be treated in a clean stable on site or taken to the vets. The new hospital will reduce the stress of travel to and from the vets and save the sanctuary money.
John McLaren, founder of the sanctuary said “we are very pleased to be embarking on this new development for the sanctuary. We rescue around 30 donkeys every year, most needing immediate treatment and this facility means the sanctuary vet can help us help them at a critical time.”
The start of this project has however been tinged with sadness after the sudden passing of one of it’s main fundraisers, Keith Lawrence, who became unwell while on holiday in Minehead. Keith, who lived in Grove with his wife Heather, was regularly seen at the sanctuary manning his Equine Hospital stall. He also helped run fun dog shows at the sanctuary with his daughters Jackie and Michelle.
Judy Gibbons, Chair of Trustees said ”We were all very shocked and saddened to hear of Keith’s passing. He had been instrumental in getting the project off the ground. Everyone at the sanctuary, staff and fellow volunteers, extend our sincere condolences to Heather and the family.”
The rescue centre is still actively fundraising to complete the works on the hospital. To donate please call the sanctuary on 01491 833938 or visit www.donkeyrescue.org.uk