Petplan Charitable Trust has donated £7,000 to the ‘Hugs Helping Hands Rescue Pony Team’ project.
‘Hugs Helping Hands’ is run by equine charity Hugs Foundation. Based in Bodmin, Cornwall, the project combines animal welfare with human well-being, as Fundraising Manager, Laura Dennis, explains:
“The project provides a safe, nurturing and enriching environment for our animal rescues, enabling us to rehabilitate and rehome as many as possible. It also provides 900 hours of well-being support to 150 disadvantaged and vulnerable young people every year, experiencing mental ill health, due to the impact of being in one of the 10% most deprived areas in England.
“Our project involves a team of 6 resident rescue ponies and other rescues who have been carefully assessed to work alongside our young people. We create a circular relationship where they can both benefit and grow from spending time with each other, making a positive difference to both lives and supporting them to cope with and move on from the trauma or struggles they are experiencing.
“The funds will be used for the costs of caring for our team of 6 ponies, enhancing the track system in their field for their (and other overweight or laminitic rescues) welfare and creating a safe space and natural obstacle course (e.g. different pathways and bridges). This will enable both young people and rescues to be able to work together to build confidence and trust for more positive futures for years to come.”
Discover more about Hugs Foundation here