Hopefield Animal Sanctuary - the charity’s most memorable moments of 2018
PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 January 2019
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary
As 2018 is no more and Hopefield Animal Sanctuary closes its doors until March, Sophie Kemp shares the charity’s highlights and memorable moments from the past 12 months.
2018 has been a year full of ups and downs for us #hereatHopefield.
The start of the year we were hit by “The Beast from the East”.
The freezing conditions meant that our taps had frozen over, and the amazing guys from Brentwood Fire Brigade came to our rescue and provided us with fresh water.
This then created further problems for us, causing us to cancel our Easter event (one of our main events of the year) due to the snow.
The summer was, of course, one of the hottest we’ve had.
This made our work significantly more difficult, with animals struggling in the extreme heat, our ponds drying up, and the staff pushing themselves to their limits to ensure every animal was cared for to the highest standards.
Again, due to the lack of rainfall, water pipes were cracking and bursting, and this left us without running water on the day of our Kids Mega Fest (our other main event).
We were absolutely devastated, and the lack of funds we were able to raise really set us back this year.
However, despite the soaring temperatures, we were amazed to see the best summer holidays we’ve had to date!
Record numbers of visitors came down to the sanctuary during our six themed weeks (bug week, pony week, fairy tale week, dinosaur week, gnome week, and bumper week).
The money raised during the summer holidays was crucial in enabling us to continue the work that we do for the animals.
We’ve had a number of new animals join the Hopefield family this year.
Firstly, there was Dustin and Dougal, who came to us in March as tiny little lambs rescued from the meat trade.
They were both extremely poorly, and we came very close to losing Dustin, but after a lot of TLC they both grew into strong, healthy sheep.
Then came our three reindeer, Comet, Holly and Dancer.
They came to us after their previous owners personal circumstances changed, and she came to the heart-breaking decision to rehome them with us.
And then there was Regina.
She was found wandering the streets in London by the police.
She wasn’t in the best condition when she arrived at Hopefield, and was heavily pregnant.
After a scare that the foal had passed away during the pregnancy, out came Ernie in September!
Regina is a natural mum and both love being made a fuss of by staff, volunteers and visitors.
We’d like to say a massive thank you to Nicola Carson, one of our trustees.
Her hard work and dedication is second to none.
It’s thanks to her that our new website is up and running – which is an amazing fundraising platform, and so much easier to use than our previous one.
Another one of our trustees, Leona Lewis, designed a Christmas jumper range to raise funds for Hopefield.
On Saturday 8th December, Leona spent the day with us at the sanctuary, selling her jumper range and sponsorship packs, and also meeting with everyone who came down on the day.
It was a great success and we’re very grateful to have such supportive trustees behind us.
We’re keeping everything crossed that 2019 is an amazing year for us.
We will be holding new and exciting events throughout the year, so watch this space for updates on these in the new year!
We’d like to thank each and every one of your for your continued support.
It’s thanks to you that we’re able to continue the crucial work in providing the love and care that our animals deserve.
Wishing you all a wonderful 2019 and we look forward to seeing you when we re-open in March.