NOTICES AND UPCOMING
the Notices, Fundraisers and Appeals etc are currently ongoing, unless specified otherwise
Do you have a GHDT
event or fundraiser that you would like listed on this page, and in the newsletter? If so,
please contact Web Producer, Liz Serinken, with all the details!
WELL DONE GUYS!
These commendable young men arrived at our
centre with their beautifully looked after dogs, to have them vaccinated against rabies.
The youngest young man and his dog, Sprite, both have such lovely smiles!
The staff were so impressed by the condition
and handling of the dogs, that each dog was given a new collar to go home with. This gives
us so much hope! Well done guys.
CALLING ALL SMALL ANIMAL VETS
Food for thought If you are becoming depressed
at the state of the world with the Covid pandemic, allow yourselves some time to dream and
then when the time is right, make your dreams come true!
In the past we have put out calls for equine
vets and mixed animal vets, but we are receiving an increasing number of requests, in the
rural areas, for help with dogs and in particular, neutering. Since the beginning of Covid
the number of unwanted puppies and kittens being born has risen alarmingly and with the
shortage of food from fisheries and restaurants we are seeing an increasing number of
animals suffering and in need. If we were able to help by carrying out neutering
programmes on a regular basis, throughout the country, this would not only reduce puppy
and kitten numbers but reduce the incidence of rabies as well.
Obviously at the moment it is hard to plan
anything, but if you would like further details please email the GHDT Office.
APBC VIRTUAL EQUINE CONFERENCE
Join the APBC for their first
ever Virtual Equine Conference with 4 world renowned speakers:
- Anna Haines - Equine Behaviourist for the
Mare & Foal Sanctuary, Anna has spent her career working in equine charities in the UK
and abroad. Her talk "Behaviour At the heart of everything we do" will
highlight the importance of understanding equine behaviour within the equine charity
sector and how this can be applied to promote positive psychological well-being in the
equines within our care.
- Dr Helen Spence - as a Psychologist, Helen
has always been passionate about the importance of applying learning theory in relation to
arousal of the nervous system, emotional state, and, perhaps most importantly, safety of
the horse and handler/rider. In her talk Understanding the psychology of horse
training and behaviour, Helen will be discussing the relationship between training
and behaviour, and the importance of an effective working relationship between coaches and
- Loni Loftus - currently a PhD
scholar at Newcastle University, Loni's talk "Positive affective state in equines:
Results of an international research project" will discuss the concept of positive
emotional welfare (positive affective state) in horses and its relevance in horse care and
training, including performance improvement, in a range of disciplines from happy hackers
to competition and working horses.
- Roxane Kirton MRCVS - RSPCA Senior Equine
Clinician, Roxane is a strong advocate for ensuring that there is a holistic, horse
centred approach to veterinary treatment and management. Her talk, "'What a Pain'
The multi-disciplinary team: optimising the outcome for the animal" will
consider the importance of the team approach to care, including the individual
professional roles and responsibilities, with a focus on the recognition and management of
pain in equine behaviour problems.
Recordings available for 30 days after the
event and a digital delegate pack will be sent out in advance which includes all speaker's
Open to all:
APBC members £35
ABTC & BHS ACPs £45
Tickets are available at the APBC website *HERE.
DONATIONS AND SCAMMERS
We would like to remind our supporters that if
you ever want to make a donation to our charity, you can do so either via a donate button
on a post, or in any of the following ways:
ONLINE - Via Just
Giving or via the 'Online Donations'
page of our website
VIA FACEBOOK - Simply click on the 'DONATE'
button and follow the instructions
VIA POST - Simply send us an old-fashioned
cheque to our postal address
PAYPAL - firstname.lastname@example.org
BANK - if you would like to pay by BACS our
bank account is with NatWest Bank. 60-11-17 Account number 19505043
Please do not respond to people asking for
donations into their private PayPal account.
If you would like to read the article, 'BEVA
Trust Overseas Project: February 2020 The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust', it is available
to read here in ** PDF
SPRING 2020 BI-ANNUAL NEWS REPORT
The Spring 2020 Bi-Annual News Report is now
available to read and/or download.
To access the Report please click HERE.
||Everyone at the GHDT is devastated to announce
that the magnificent black stallion who founded our charity, Lazarus, was put to sleep
this morning after being with us for almost seventeen years. He performed many roles at
the GHDT, as a farm horse ploughing and pulling a cart, being a demonstration horse and
teaching countless students, but most of all he inspired us constantly and showed us what
is possible. A great many horses and donkeys owe their lives to him.
Laz was laid to rest this morning covered with a GHDT flag under the
Tabo tree in front of the house with all the staff in attendance. Ironically in death, he
achieved his life's dream to get into the mare's yard!
Rest in peace you gorgeous boy, you will be missed more
than you ever thought possible.
We would like the give our thanks to Alex Raftery and
Lauren Gummery, two vets from the University of Glasgow who attended to him during his
For more information on Lazarus's story please click HERE.
|Why not celebrate Friendship all year round
with a Friendship Pack! For just £20 you and your friend will receive a Friendship
certificate as well as a Friendship bracelet. Celebrate your special friendship and
support the work of The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust!
Details are available on the Friendship Pack poster in ** PDF
Please download and complete the Friendship Donation Form
Available here in ** PDF
SOURCED GAMBIAN GIFTS
|Anyone who has been to The Gambia, and may be
looking for ethically sourced quality Gambian gifts, may be interested in looking at
ethically-sourced products from Gambian businesses at MadeinGambia220.
NEW DATA PROTECTION
RULES - PLEASE READ
|New Data Protection Rules come into affect on
May 25th, 2018. Please read and return the GHDT release form, available HERE, if you wish to continue receiving the Bi Annual News
Bulletin and updates from the GHDT office.
note, this will NOT affect current or future E-News members who have requested, by email,
to receive GHDT E-News to their inbox. Thank you.
We are very pleased to report
that our X-Ray machine is now working. This fabulous gift, donated by BCF Technology to
Vets with Horsepower, is at last fulfilling its purpose. We were unable to use it
initially as we needed the right person with appropriate knowledge to set it up.
Our thanks go to Karen Pickering and Markus
Wilke, two vets sponsored by the BEVA Trust, who visited us in February and were able to
set it up for us. It is now fully operational and they even provided basic training for
our staff on its use. A few of our patients have already benefited from it.
Now that we have our X-Ray machine running, we
need to have more lead Aprons and radiological protection equipment. If anyone knows of a
practice closing down, or upgrading their equipment, we would love to recycle their old
equipment for them providing it is still safe to use. Please contact us at the GHDT Office.
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NEW PATRON AND
We are absolutely delighted
to announce that three very well known and well respected people have endorsed our work
and agreed to be our patron and supporters.
Nigel Havers has very kindly agreed to be our
Patron and said, "It is a privilege to be able to call myself a patron of this
charity which from its very grass roots literally saves lives and benefits both human and
animal lives in such a holistic way. The rest of the world take note! Nigel Havers.
We are very grateful to him for his patronage.
John Humphrys has also endorsed and supports
our work, and we are extremely proud that he approves of our approach of "helping
people to help themselves" It means a great deal to us to have such support.
Canadian childrens author, Robert
Munsch, has also endorsed and supported our work, donating a signed copy of one of his
books for a fundraiser.
We would like to give them all our very
Give someone a special gift and sponsor a
horse or donkey at GHDT and help improve the lives of the horses and donkeys of the
For details please see our Sponsor a Horse or
Donkey page here.
|Are there any dentists around who would like
a challenge? We always have a lot of exciting tooth problems to show anyone who is
interested! For more information please Contact Us.
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||The GHDT is now working with Charity Choice.
Charity Choice is a place where charities, donors, volunteers and fundraisers can come
together to help the many charities in the UK in a variety of ways. Through Charity Choice
you can choose how you give and which charity you give to. They provide information on
over 160,000 registered charities. This includes all charities registered in England and
So, whether you are looking to donate to the GHDT, volunteer your time or specialist
skills, give your unwanted goods or leave a gift in your will, you are in the right place!
The Charity Choice donate facility is completely free for the GHDT
to use, so what is donated the GHDT receives.
If you would like to show your support by making a
donation, please click *HERE.
Sometimes it is nice to know that you have
purchased something in particular for a charity, so we have set up an Amazon Wish List of
essential items that we need at the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. If you are able to
purchase any of the items on our list, we would be extremely grateful. These are all items
that we are unable to purchase in The Gambia, so must be bought in the UK and shipped out.
To have a look at the GHDT Wish List, please
Thank you very much!
Many thanks to the people who have sent us
reflective jackets, they have been a great help. They
are always in high demand in Gambia and we are always grateful to receive more.
We campaign to encourage all horse and donkey
drivers to wear reflective jackets at night and to put reflectors on their carts to try
and reduce the alarming accident rate for night time drivers. The uptake has been
incredible and we are fast running out of reflective jackets. If you know of any
companies, councils, airports, police forces, fire brigades, Rotarians who use them and
who may be getting rid of their old ones, please could you tell them that we can give them
a very good and useful home. Alternatively you may be able to put a notice in your local
parish or community magazine for us. Such a simple thing, but it really does save lives.
GIVE A CAR!
Have you been wondering what
to do with the scrap car in your driveway? Well wonder no more it can be
transformed into cash for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust!
We have now joined up with Giveacar, a
non-profit social enterprise which collects unwanted and unused cars for charity
turning scrap into cash.
Regardless of their condition, cars are collected free-of-charge nation-wide by Giveacar
then sold through an online auction or disposed of at an authorised treatment facility.
Profits from the sale are then donated to a
charity of the car owners choice. Even if the banger is scrapped, it still nets the
selected good cause around £35.
Many car owners want an easy and completely
free way to get rid of their old car. Giveacar will help them to do this in a legal and
environmentally friendly way.
All you have to do is go to the website and
organise for '*Give a Car' to come and collect your car. Then you nominate which
charity you would like to benefit from your scrap car (Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust of
course!), and that is it. Simple.
To get more details and start making a
difference, please visit '*Give a Car' or call the Giveacar Team on 0207 736 4242, quoting
Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust as your chosen charity.
Details are also available on the Give a Car
poster. You can access it **in
PDF or as a zip file
For anyone wanting to go on an extra special
riding holiday in Africa, we can highly recommend *Mozambique
Horse Safari. Mandy and Pat go above and beyond the call of duty for their horses. To
read a Guardian article about Mozambique Horse Safari, click *here.
We have teamed up with Justgiving.com, the
UKs leading online fundraising website, so you can donate and raise funds for the
Using Justgiving saves us costs and reduces
our admin burden, so going online is by far the most efficient way of supporting us.
Its easy to make a single or monthly donation with a credit or debit card online:
All you need to do is click here.
Justgiving reclaims Gift Aid automatically and
pays your donation directly to us at the end of every week, and the site is secure.
Justgiving also makes it easy to raise money:
you can create an online fundraising page in minutes to collect donations for any
sponsored event or appeal.
You can create your own for any event here.
Fundraising pages are just like paper
sponsorship forms, except theyre online. Simply personalise your page with a photo
and message and email the web address to all your contacts. Friends, family, work
colleagues and anyone else, from anywhere in the world, can then make a donation using
You can create a fundraising page for
absolutely anything. You could get sponsored to run, swim, cycle, get fit, grow a
moustache or have your head shaved. The only limit is your imagination.
If you have any questions, or need any help,
you can contact the Justgiving helpdesk on 0845 021 2110 or email Monday to
Friday from 9am to 6pm.
OUR E-NEWS MAILING LIST
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the E-News updates mailing list is in addition to the hard copy
News Reports. The hard copy News Report only comes out twice a year, but with the E-News
updates mailing list, members receive ongoing updates as news is added to the website, so
it's a great way to stay informed.
is an announcements only list, so you will not be inundated with emails.
There is no fee to join the
E-News updates email group and the details you provide will not be passed on to a third
party. Since this is an Opt-In group, members do not need to fill in the Data Protection
If you have any questions, or if you're not
sure if you're already a member, please contact Liz
Serinken for help.
The GHDT is now fundraising with eBay for
Charity - visit our 'About My Charity' *Page. Details are also available on our
'How You Can Help' page.
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This page was updated on Saturday, October 03, 2020