Brentwood’s Hopefield Animal Sanctuary welcomes back public after lockdown
PUBLISHED: 11:04 27 July 2020 | UPDATED: 10:54 28 July 2020
Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, the Brentwood animal rescue centre has reopened after lockdown.
The centre is normally closed from December to March in normal circumstances but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they remained closed until July. This saw them lose the majority of their fundraising for the year. Being a small charity, they rely on donations and visitors to continue the vital work that they do – saving animals from lives of abuse, neglect, abandonment, and mistreatment.
The team have been working tirelessly to ensure that not only are the animals safe and cared for, but their visitors are as well.
A lot of work has gone in to making the site safe, including new fencing to create a one-way system around the whole sanctuary, installing new toilets to prevent queuing, renovating a food van to allow them to serve takeaway food outside, and setting up hand sanitising stations in various locations.
But the sanctuary’s CEO, Dave Schlaich, has warned that they are not out of the woods just yet: “We’re so pleased that we’re able to have visitors through the gates again, but with social distancing, and the need to reduce the number of people on site at any one time, we’re looking at making just 30 per cent of what we did in the previous year.
“We’re in an okay position at the moment, but when winter comes around and bills increase significantly, that’s when we’re going to be hit the hardest. We’re just hoping to maximise our fundraising as much as possible while we can.”
As well as visiting their 500 rescued residents, visitors can complete the free Hopefield Trail with a new one-way system, pre-book an afternoon tea to enjoy and overlook the tranquillity of the sanctuary grounds and sponsor an animals. It will not be compulsory for visitors to wear a face mask however, it is advisory and can be purchased on site for 50p. More details of the Covid-secure regulations and how to book can be found online at: hopefield.org.uk.