Lincoln animal charity Bransby Horses lost £500,000 after it was forced to shut its doors to visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The charity, which is home to over 300 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, was only able to keep its vital work going thanks to donations from the public and the goodwill of its workers.
It is one of the largest horse rescue charities in the UK and is based in the village of Bransby, near Saxilby.
Paige, a member of the fundraising team, said: “It has been a challenging time. Luckily all the staff were able to work full time to provide care for the animals.”
The pandemic meant Bransby Horses had to close its doors to the public, which meant less money coming in for the care of the animals.
Its aim is to prevent cruelty to horses and donkeys, to protect them from unnecessary suffering and to promote knowledge of their care. All the animals are rescued. They experienced trauma in their lives and some of the stories are touching.
Paige continued: “Natasha is one of our donkeys. She was abandoned in the middle of the road with her family, two baby donkeys. It was heart breaking to see.”
The charity has now reopened its rescue centre to visitors. Find out more about Bransby at its website.