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!
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.
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|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 CENTRE AT
We suddenly realised that our supporters had not seen what
all the hard work and efforts for the last few years have culminated in. We now have a
lovely new centre which is made up from lots of donations. Everything in it, makes me
think of the good people who contributed to it and I daren't start to mention names or it
would go on for ever, but to everyone who contributed to it, this is what Chris Packham
saw yesterday. We have more and more patients coming in daily and our workshops and
apprenticeship scheme are starting soon. This fills us with joy as this is exactly what it
was built for, the people and animals of The Gambia. Photographs courtesy of Jason Florio.
The beautiful new Makasutu Centre, that you can see in the
post above, represents a great deal of hard slog, tough fundraising, dedication, love and
commitment from a great many people, all we had to do was to ensure that it has done them
justice. So many people and efforts have gone into it, there have been so many, who have
done everything from raise money, give us goods, paint , varnish, clean, scrape, build
flat packs etc. it looks wonderful and it is wonderful, but so much of it has been done
with help from companies like Wickes who gave us very discounted prices on the hospital
and pharmacy kitchen units, the beautiful tiles in the reception which were made by a
lovely talented neighbour, Claire Pavey. The bathrooms were donated by Kohler Mira
bathrooms, the X-Ray machine by BCF Technology and the endoscope by Burtons. The store
room is well stocked thanks to the elves and fairies from Kruuse. Vets with Horsepower,
The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust and The Elise Pilkington Trust all donated
generously towards it.
The furnishings were bought very cheaply from a restaurant
that was closing down and the beds were made by our watchman for £6 each. Fatou, our
housekeeper, sourced the cloth for the curtains and organised the tailor. It is just
amazing what can be done when every one pulls together. Someone asked me how I feel when I
walk around the centre. It reminds me of all the wonderful people who have helped in so
many different ways and that is reflected in the atmosphere of the place, which has a
peace and calm about it.
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.
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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 Wednesday, May 27, 2020