Two legs good, four legs better in Uckfield

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SUSSEX-based animal charities are joining forces to raise their profile and help raise some funds with a special fair in Uckfield on August 25.

The Kit Wilson Trust for Animal Welfare based and Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land have booked the Ashdown Room in Uckfield Civic Centre from 10am-3.30pm so animal charities can let people know about their work, provide an entertaining and interesting day out and raise money with tombolas, gifts, cards, cakes and a raffle.

So far charities which have booked stalls are Paws and Claws, Sussex Horse Rescue, Animal Care in Egypt, Kitty in the City, Animal Aid, Vervet Monkey Foundation, Animal Cruelty Investigation Group, Animal Protection Agency and Compassion in World Farming.

Safe Haven’s Wendy Ahl explained:  “Safe Haven and the Kit Wilson Trust, like many animal charities, are really suffering as a result of the recession. We got together and decided to arrange this event to benefit not only our two charities but also other animal organisations. We hope that as many people as possible will come along to find out more about the charities and help raise much-needed funds.” 

Pat Wilder from The Kit Wilson Trust added: “We invited a wide range of organisations, some of which are not so well known, that carry out vital work locally, nationally and internationally, ranging from hands-on animal rescue to campaigning for better welfare standards.”

The Kit Wilson Trust runs an animal rescue centre at Hadlow Down rescuing and rehoming animals such as cats, dogs, rabbits etc. The Trust also operates a wildlife emergency helpline. To find out more visit: www.kitwilsontrust.org.uk. It is holding its annual dog walk from the Pylons car park on the Ashdown Forest from 10am-noon on Sunday, September 16.

All are welcome. Safe Haven for Donkeys in the Holy Land, with a UK base in Scaynes Hill, cares for working and abandoned donkeys in Israel and Palestine through its donkey sanctuary and free veterinary clinics. Find out more at: www.safehaven4donkeys.org

Major exhibitor Sussex Horse Rescue is based at Hempstead Farm, Uckfield and currently cares for about 100 abandoned or badly-treated horses and donkeys as well as other creatures.