£1,240raised of £6,000 target by 40 supporters

Weʼre raising £6,000 to help towards creating a secure fund for the horses food and living supplies while we prepare the next part of the project.

Fiscal, Spain
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We are a family dedicated to preserving life. In 2012 we walked a thousand miles, all the way from Sussex in the UK to the Spanish Pyrenees, with our Irish Cob, Maggie…after eleven years of managing Plawhatch a Biodynamic Farm.

It was not our intention to start a refuge for horses but, when we arrived here, Maggie sent out a call to horses that needed our help in the area. She knew why we had come here! Before long Maggie’s call was answered and the Helios Home for Horses and Humans was born.

So far, we have rescued 12 horses in Sobrarbe, Aragon, most of them over 25 years old. Every horse has come to us in need of a home, love, food and shelter, all happily provided. Each horse has given years of service to humans in this remote mountain area and we feel it is time for us to give back to them!

You can read more about our story including our vision, experience and how we care for the horses via this link:

You can also find us on Facebook: Helios - a home for horses and humans/ Helios- un hogar para caballos y humanos (http://tinyurl.com/helioshorse) ~ full of updates and images.

Until now, we have been funding the care of these amazing animals entirely ourselves but we are currently struggling to meet the outgoings on renting land and buying hay.
It costs us 2€ a day to feed a horse~ This initial figure we are raising will give us the support we need in saving and enhancing the lives of horses. It will cover the horses needs for the next 8 months while we hone the details of our 3 stage business plan and fund-raising strategies to sustain and develop this work. Our ultimate longer term goal is to create a Natural Park for horses!

In anticipation, we are extremely grateful for any donations we receive and we will keep you up to date with our progress.

Thank you,
Tom & Julia

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  • Julia Ventham

    Julia Ventham

    9 hours ago

    Julia Ventham

    After 3 months of this crowdfunding page we are in the final 48 hours - thanks everyone for sharing our story and supporting us in so many ways. There's still time to donate and share, it's not over yet!

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  • Julia Ventham

    Julia Ventham

    a day ago

    Julia Ventham

    So Helios started in 2012 with our Irish Cob Maggie - she was the inspiration and still is for our project. If it wasn't for her the other horses wouldn't have found their way to us I'm sure. Our crowdfunding is nearing its end but even though we haven't reached our target the money we've raised will help Maggie and her herd enormously. Huge thanks to everyone who has donated so far. Maggie and her friends are very grateful.

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  • Julia Ventham

    Julia Ventham

    2 days ago

    Julia Ventham

    With just 4 days of this page left, I want to share with you a little about what we do at Helios. After years of service to humans the horses we rescue have their shoes taken off, their head collars ( for some it's the first time in years! ) removed and we leave them to just 'be' - no agenda! If they feel like interacting with us then we are there to brush them, trim their feet and generally give attention but for many of them, human company is not necessary and after the experiences these horses have had its no wonder!

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4 months ago

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  • Rose Carpenter

    Rose Carpenter

    Mar 21, 2017

    Hi darling Sorry can't be more..Love you xx


  • barry durdant-hollamby

    barry durdant-hollamby

    Mar 21, 2017

    Wishing you both every success, it's beautiful work you're doing - let's get that target!!!


  • Kim McCabe

    Kim McCabe

    Mar 20, 2017

    Translating love for you guys and your work into grass and horsey medicine. With love from all of us.

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Julia Ventham

Julia Ventham

Fiscal, Spain

I grew up in Sussex. Spent 3 years volunteering in Zambia. I have raised 2 amazing children. Lived for 11 years on a biodynamic farm, trained as a teacher and then a meditation instructor! Walked 1000miles to Spain with 2 dogs, a horse and a teenager! I love life xxxxxx

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