April 2020 Update

It’s been a month since our last update on life at The Bays and spring has definitely sprung with (almost) uninterrupted sunshine and warm weather. The grass is growing and as the days get longer horses’ coats get shorter as their warm winter hair starts to shed. As a horse’s coat is made up of millions of hairs, and we have ten horses and ponies, that’s a whole mountain of hair! Claire, Kay and Emma have been grooming them with the shedding scraper whenever we're out in the fields poo-picking, which leaves a lot of loose hair in the fields. But it gets recycled as it's great material for nests and birds can often be seen leaving the fields with beaks stuffed with horse hair. Like many of you at home some of our horses and ponies have also been having haircuts to keep them looking smart.

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We continue to receive donations and messages of support. As well as donations via Virgin Money Giving we have had two donations of bales of hay for which the ponies are extremely grateful and Gemma Williams ran a FaceBook birthday fundraiser.

We must also mention Emma Tiley-Nunn’s heroic 2.6 Challenge. Emma, one of the dedicated team looking after our horses during lockdown, volunteered to be drenched in 26 different items from baked beans to horse poo to raise funds for us. The total raised so far, including Gift Aid, is over £800. It’s not too late to reward her efforts, just visit Emma’s fund raising page. The whole challenge can be seen on YouTube – not for the squeamish! The ponies are so impressed by Emma's efforts to keep them in snacks that they are planning a fundraising task for Kay to help with the snack fund – more on that next month.

The trustees would also like to say a big thank you to our Sharer volunteers for continuing to support their respective horses and ponies at this time. In current circumstances sharers’ contributions are treated as donations which means, if you are a UK tax payer, you can boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate at no extra cost to you. All you need to do is download this form, complete it and email it back to us (or post it to the Bays – the address is on the form).

The ‘RDA at Home’ collection of educational worksheets and fun activity materials that we mentioned in the last update can now be downloaded from a new web page.

We look forward to seeing you all again as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, we wish you all the very best of health, and as usual we will be keeping our website and FaceBook page up to date.

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