The Petplan Charitable Trust (PPCT) has joined together with World Horse Welfare and the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) to create a Covid-19 Equine Rescues Emergency Fund.
The purpose of the fund is to help smaller equine welfare organisations across the UK who are being significantly impacted by the current crisis and is now live.
All equine welfare organisations have experienced unprecedented financial and operational challenges as a result of the coronavirus crisis. On top of looking after the animals in their care with very limited rehoming possible, they have had to close their centres to visitors, cancel fundraising events and see donations dry up during the ongoing crisis. This can be especially devastating for smaller charities.
Where is the money coming from?
Support for the Fund, which was set up at the end of last month with a commitment of £50,000 from PPCT, has already raised a further £80,000 from the RSPCA, The Donkey Sanctuary, Redwings, World Horse Welfare and the British Horse Society (BHS). We’re delighted to report that the fund has also just been boosted by £10,000 from the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust.
The maximum grant will be £5,000 with the expectation that the average grant will be around £2,500. Grants will be decided by a Committee comprising representatives from NEWC, the supporting charities and an independent member, with PPCT administering the fund.