The History of Sussex Horse Rescue Trust
Founded in 1964 by Mrs Felicity Facer, with Pauline Grant, the current head trustee, running the Sussex Horse Rescue Trust. The Trust's purpose is to rescue neglected, abused and unwanted horses, ponies and donkeys.
Originally based in Bolney, using borrowed grazing, the need for sanctuary was so great it soon outgrew the space.
Consequently Pauline sold her home, raising the £200,000 needed to buy the land, although without a house. This meant Pauline and her two sons living in a mobile home for several years, to enable them to provide sanctuary for the 130 horses then in their care.
In 1994 the Trust moved to its current home. The 162 acre farm provides the acreage and outbuildings to accommodate the ever growing equine family. The property had been badly neglected for many years. Therefore, this has meant that much time and money has been spent clearing up and renovating buildings over the past 20 years. All to create a safe, comfortable environment for the animals in our care.
How Sussex Horse Rescue Trust Works
Receiving animals into sanctuary is not always an easy task. Often it is as a result of a phone call from a concerned person. We go out and check on the animal; sometimes we cannot remove the animal immediately and have to arrange for constant monitoring whilst we follow the correct processes.
Often rescuing an animal involves having to purchase it to enable us to bring it into the Sanctuary. We also receive phone calls, day or night, from Police, asking us to pick up an animal that is loose on the road. Often the animal is re-claimed by its owner after a few days. The Trust receives no recompense for the expenses incurred in the process.
An Ever Growing Need
Unfortunately, the need for this kind of sanctuary continues to grow but there are very few sanctuaries around. Just maintaining the Sanctuary comes at substantial cost. The costs include feed, bedding, vet, farrier, dentist, staff, building maintenance and utilities. This means that raising funds is an ongoing struggle.
Most of all, the Trust relies solely on the generosity of our supporters and the efforts of our fundraisers. As an animal sanctuary the Trust does not attract any kind of lottery or similar grants.