Do you love meeting new people, making new friends, working with horses and ponies and can give up some free time to help a good cause? The Mare & Foal Sanctuary is appealing for more volunteers at its Coombe Park visitor centre. The volunteers are needed on the reception to greet the hundreds of visitors who come along every summer, as well as helping out in the popular centre café.

Visitor Centre manager Tracy Gray said: “We have several volunteers but the centre has been getting busier and busier thanks to all the people who are coming to visit us from all over the country. The summer holidays are always hectic but it’s a wonderful atmosphere here and we all muck in to make it a great experience for everyone. We’re also able to provide on-the-job training and there are always people around to help. We’re not looking for horse experts, just people who love animals and don’t mind a varied and interesting role.

“Our volunteers come from all walks of life and all of them say it’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends, as well as helping to gain confidence. Working people with a few hours to spare can also volunteer because we can work out the best hours to suit them. All our volunteers love helping out at the Sanctuary. Many have been with us for years and love working for such a worthwhile cause – helping us with the rescuing and rehoming of our beautiful horses and ponies.”

The money raised at the visitor centre goes towards rescuing, rehabilitating, retraining and rehoming ponies, horses and foals that have been abandoned, mistreated or neglected.

Anyone interesting in applying to join the Sanctuary team can fill in an online enquiry form on our website at www.mareandfoal.org or click here to send us an e-mail.

Alternatively call the Mare & Foal Sanctuary on 01626 355969 or pop into our Visitor Centre at Littlehempston for more details.

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