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£14,645
raised of £10,000 target by 161 supporters

    Weʼve raised £14,645 to urgently repair shelter and fencing and purchase a large lorry of hay to protect 34 critically endangered Skyrian horses + 2 rescue horses

    Funded on Saturday, 22nd January 2022

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    Dear Supporters, old and new,

    SOS We need your help!

    My name is Liv. I’m a regular volunteer. I’ve been at the farm for the past two months. New challenges arise each time I am here, but this year has brought more than a fair share of trials and tribulations, making it very much the 11th hour to organize our annual crowd funder. Once again, fellow volunteer Katie will be leading this venture alongside other volunteers from around the world.

    The stars of this project are four-legged: firstly, the 34 critically endangered Skyrian Horses, but also the cats, dogs, and other rescued creatures. But for me, it is about Stathis and Amanda, who are now family. Every time I return home (to the farm), I am in awe of how they continue to persevere against all odds. They put the animals before their own lives, before convenience, before comfort and pleasures that many of us would consider trivial. Some would ask for what? Why? And sometimes, I know they even ask this themselves after long hours caring for a sick animal or a wakeful night preventing floodwaters from damaging hay or the kitchen. After a global health crisis damns the steady stream of essential volunteers, they carry on. The people of this project are its beating heart. The work they do for this endangered breed is a necessity, and I will continue to lend my hands and ease their burden when I can.

    All of us, including the Skyrian Horse, face the adversity of a changing climate. Flash floods, erratic shifts in weather, harsher storms, gale-force winds, and intense heat are now realities. The climate is changing, and we need your help to adapt.

    This year, disastrous late-season rains followed by intense heat led to a 50% decrease in Greece’s meadow hay crop, making feed scarce and hugely expensive. Due to heavy rains at harvest time, the oaten hay also suffered, and irrigated alfalfa prices have skyrocketed 30% as a consequence of increased electricity prices. All this makes our task of feeding 35 endangered Skyrian Horses with different needs more challenging.

    Our immediate needs:

    - One lorry of hay (approx 450 bales) and supplementary feed for our older horses - £3800 (hay now being anywhere between 8 to 9 euros a bale)

    - To make good our destroyed shelter (labour, new panels, crossbars and beams) - £2250

    - To make good our front field fencing (supplies, equipment and labour) - £3200

    - Bilge Pump - £250

    - Generator - £500

    As some of you may know, a recent wind storm ripped the roof off of one of our shelters and nearly flattened all the older fencing in our turn-out area for stallions. These fences will not withstand another big storm as we have mended and made do for years. It took three strong people to wrestle the fence back into place and temporarily secure it with bale string and wire —not exactly the best long-term fix. Luckily no one was hurt, but this exemplifies the desperate need to reinforce our infrastructure for the safety of horses and humans alike. We need to purchase materials and fund the labour costs of fixing the shelter and fencing, hopefully before the worst of winter kicks in.

    We rely on electricity to pump daily water for the horses as we don’t have a mains supply. This year, we have realized we must have an emergency backup to ensure that a power cut caused by adverse weather doesn’t leave us high and dry. And if we get extreme flooding we need a bilge pump to bail us out.

    The total cost comes to £10,000. We know this is a huge amount to consider raising but all of the above is absolutely necessary for us to continue and we can’t do it without your help. We need to do this work urgently and are so grateful for any support we are given.

    Our heartfelt thanks goes out to you from all the humans and horses at the project for your support through these challenges.

    For those people who would like to donate directly please contact Amanda Simpson at skyrosislandhorsetrust@gmail.com and she will send the bank details. We would love to hear from you!

    If anyone is interested in sponsoring/adopting a pony, please also contact Amanda. Maybe a great last-minute Christmas present for a loved one?

    For further information about the project, please visit https://skyrosislandhorsetrust.com/ and like our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheskyrianhorse/

    Follow us on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/friendsoftheskyrianhorse/ to keep updated about life on the farm.

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    • Kathleen Davis4 months ago
      Kathleen Davis

      Kathleen Davis

      4 months ago

      Your incredible support is going to do so much good for the herd of Skyrian horses we look after here at the farm. Your generosity allows us to support their welfare and health and give them the best care we possibly can. We want to say thank you with a photo of each and every pony that you have helped care for 🐎🥰 There are quite a few so each day this week a group of ponies will thank a group of you wonderful, amazing people 🤩 on our Facebook page here ➡️https://www.facebook.com/friendsoftheskyrianhorse

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    • Kathleen Davis4 months ago
      Kathleen Davis

      Kathleen Davis

      4 months ago

      This photo from some years ago symbolizes how we all feel at the farm at the end of our crowdfunder... Utterly embraced by your support, donations and contributions to our project. We feel incredibly fortunate to have had this remarkable response to our appeal this year. It is overwhelming and very unexpected. We feel unbelievably blessed and there aren't words to express our deep gratitude 🙏 We want to say the most enormous THANK YOU again for your phenomenal support, it is absolutely amazing 🌟 Love & best wishes from the 2 and 4 leggeds xxx

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    • Kathleen Davis5 months ago
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      Kathleen Davis

      5 months ago

      Happy New Year to All!

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    Supporters

    161

    • Sandra UK

      Sandra UK

      Jan 21, 2022

      you're doing a fantastic job!

      £20.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Jan 19, 2022

      £30.00

    • Chloe Hardy

      Chloe Hardy

      Jan 19, 2022

    • Fairlie Sharing

      Fairlie Sharing

      Jan 17, 2022

      Thank you for what you all are are doing! XXX

      £2,000.00

    • Karen Gazley

      Karen Gazley

      Jan 16, 2022

      £20.00

    • Joan Van Dyke

      Joan Van Dyke

      Jan 16, 2022

      Thank you!

      £100.00

    • Katie Greathead

      Katie Greathead

      Jan 16, 2022

      You’re doing a wonderful job Amanda and Stathis. Long may your work continue! Xxx👏👏🌟🌟🙏🙏

      £40.00

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