Walk for War Horse… with the Donkeys of Scotland leading the way

Nature lovers across Scotland are being invited to take part in a special event that will not only get them walking the country’s beautiful landscapes but help raise vital funds for animals in need…

Walk for War Horse launches today* – World Animal Day – and hopes to encourage animal lovers across the country to register interest in trekking the highlands and glens near their homes next Spring, with their horses, ponies, donkeys and dogs, while capturing on film the beauty of Scotland.

It’s the idea of the Donkey Breed Society and for £10 people can register their participation and share their route. 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 to show their support. 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 Scotland and 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 vulnerable.

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 Scotland 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 countryside and help struggling charities.”

At War Horse Memorial we recently 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 coronavirus restrictions this is a great way to raise money through sponsorship and, because it’s not a group activity its a great way for individuals and families to keep within government guidelines while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of Scotland in the Spring.

So how will it work?

Anyone interested should email info@thewarhorsememorial.org to register. For a £10 registration fee 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 the month of April to record their routes, and the number of miles walked – and importantly, take photos en route. On April 30, 2021 they need to submit their log of miles covered and a selection of three photos that show Scotland at its best. Judges will award prizes for the best entries in a number of categories.

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