£885raised of £6,000 target by 28 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

    17 days ago

    Julia Ventham

    Our horses get through a lot of hay in the winter! And this year it's been colder than other years so we've had to buy in more hay from our local farmer. Our campaign is to raise enough funds to secure the feeding of our herd and pay for the land that we rent - with your help we can reach our target, which will give us the security to continue this work while we prepare for the next stage of our amazing project - a self sufficient lifestyle for us and the horses, a place where we can grow enough food for them and us. Thank you

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    a month ago

    Julia Ventham

    We have 5 more horses to introduce and 52 more days to reach our target! Warrior has come to us on loan from a loving and caring home but his owners relocated to Sweden and couldn't take him with them. Along with his companion Stormy (Tormenta), the two of them have been with us for 18 months now and have settled into the smaller herd well. Warrior is an Appaloosa horse - 30 year old castrated male. He is beautiful to look at and gentle and intelligent too, a pleasure to take care of. In winter he resembles a woolly teddy bear!

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    a month ago

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    Our 6th horse Tabira. Imagine you're a top athlete and you perform top of your class, you're the best! Then one day you have an injury and you can no longer perform , this is Tabiras story. 18 years old, he is our tallest member of the herd, all legs! A gentle giant. It has taken Tabira a while to adjust to a 'free' life away from stables and shoes but he is now an accepted member of the herd. His previous owners visit regularly and it was their wish for him to join the Helios herd.

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  • Luthien My

    Luthien My

    Feb 26, 2017

    I hope you can achieve the goal!!


  • Naraya


    Feb 22, 2017

    With you every step of the way!


  • Joe Thompson

    Joe Thompson

    Feb 17, 2017

    Best wishes for the future and good luck with your project."A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step."


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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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