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On 16th July 2020 we successfully raised £213 ( + est. £35.25 Gift Aid ) with 17 supporters in 42 days

To provide fun, inclusive nature related activities for families and community groups who will benefit from time together outside in nature.

by The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Littlehempston, England, United Kingdom

60th place in the Calor Rural Community Fund - £5,000 Category

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Wellies for Wellness

Why? Following the coronavirus pandemic, we see that there will be an urgent need to offer our local community access to the outdoor world. We will offer opportunities for people to experience the benefits of being outside with horses and ponies in nature, which is good for our health, happiness and wellbeing.

Who? - Everyone can benefit from attending 'Wellies for Wellness' events particularly family and community groups.

What?- 'Wellies for Wellness' will be a half day or full day event which will include an insight into day to day life at the sanctuary with our rescued horses and ponies and outdoor learning activities at our beautiful 80 acre site which includes a woodland area and panoramic views overlooking Dartmoor.  Examples of activities include: den building, making kites and lanterns, exploring habitats and cooking together outdoors.

Where?- Mare & Foal Sanctuary Equestrian and Education Centre Coombe Park, Littlehempston, Totnes, TQ9 6LW

When? - Monthly events on the weekend for full or half day visits

How? – Our qualified and experienced education team will provide a safe, fun and inclusive environment for the 'Wellies for Wellness' events.

We will be able to accommodate up to 20 participants at each event.

Wellies for Wellness sessions will equip people with new skills that they can take away and offer opportunities to meet new people, connect and spend time together, gain in confidence and improve communication skills, whilst keeping fit and healthy outdoors in nature.

We met with local Community groups to discuss this project. The reaction was incredibly positive; it was agreed that these programmes could be extremely valuable, particularly within the socially and emotionally disadvantaged groups. In a feedback Questionnaire on a similar programme, 100% of respondents rated the programme as excellent, with a very positive impact, with extremely friendly and supportive Sanctuary Staff and said that they would recommend the programme to friend or colleague.

How we will use the Calor Funding?

We will use the money from the Calor funding to purchase essential equipment, tools and resources to set up and sustain our outdoor learning spaces within our woodland area and grounds at Coombe Park.

We will also purchase wellie boots and waterproofs for our participants to wear throughout the 'Wellie for Wellness' sessions as we are aware that not everyone has or can afford this outdoor footwear and clothing.

For more information email education@mareandfoal.org

Or call 01626 355969 or 07842 061996 and ask for a member of the Education Team 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary 2021 Calendar

Pledge just £1 and you'll receive our 2021 Calendar packed full of photos of horses and ponies here at the Sanctuary. Calendars will be dispatched in October 2020.

£30 or more

Adopt a Horse or Pony

Pledge £30 and adopt one of our six adoption ponies for an entire year. Choose from Sir Didymus, Ludo, Quest, William, April and Jenga. You'll be one of the first people to receive our brand new adoption pack which includes a welcome letter, certificate, fact sheet about your chosen pony, letter from the groom, A5 photo, bookmark and your choice of either a tote bag or rosette.

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