Walk for War Horse…with the Donkey Breed Society leading the way

Time is running out to register for Walk for War Horse which will help raise vital funds for animals in need and takes place next month…

Members of the Donkey Breed Society – and animal organisations and lovers across the UK – have been signing up to show their support. For £10 people can register and share their route which, because of coronavirus restrictions will need to be close to home. In return they will be given a purple poppy pin badge and a knitted poppy to pin on the collar of their animals and pets. And there will be prizes for best photos and most miles travelled over April 2021.

COVID-19 has meant that most animal sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK have struggled over the past months to keep going. War Horse Memorial, through its Animal Purple Poppy Fund, is trying to help the most deserving.

Kendall Young, of the Donkey Breed Society, who lives in Ayr, says the idea is to get other equine and animal organisations to take part. She says: “Our members are always keen to promote the welfare of donkeys and we know that around the country wonderful equine and animal charities feel the same about their own good causes. This would be a great opportunity to get out into our wonderful local countryside and help struggling charities.”

At War Horse Memorial we have agreed partnership working with the Donkey Breed Society to further the cause of donkey welfare through a programme of education and support. With fundraising on hold for many charities because of the pandemic this is a good way to raise money through sponsorship and, because it’s not a group activity, its a great for individuals and families to keep within government guidelines while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the UK in the Spring.

So how does it work?

Anyone interested should email info@thewarhorsememorial.org to register. For a £10 registration fee per animal War Horse Memorial will send by post a metal purple poppy pin badge and a knitted poppy to attach to collars and bridles. People are asked over April to record their routes, and the number of miles walked – and importantly, take photos en route. On April 30 they need to submit their log of miles covered and a selection of three photos that show the local countryside at its best. Judges will award prizes for the best entries in a number of categories.

Walk for War Horse…with the Donkey Breed Society leading the way

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