Barnsley horse in need of further treatment

Alberts Horse Sanctuary in Barnsley is appealing for help to fund further treatment for Fergus the horse who requires tumours removing from his body
Alberts Horse Sanctuary in Barnsley is appealing for help to fund further treatment for Fergus the horse who requires tumours removing from his body
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Volunteers at an animal charity are appealing for help to fund further treatment for a horse that needs tumours removing.

Fergus, a retired riding school horse, has been at Albert’s Horse Sanctuary in Cawthorne, Barnsley, since the site was established nine years ago.

Caring Star readers and animal-lovers last year helped to fund an operation to remove a tumour from Fergus’ eye.

While the operation was successful, further tumours have appeared in other parts of his body. They also need to be removed soon to avoid infection.

Mary Hepworth, founder and trustee of the sanctuary, said: “We are really grateful for all the help so far but as we rely solely on donations we are asking people to help fund Fergus’ treatment which will cost in the region of £1,000.

“He’s quite happy in himself but the tumours are ulcerating which could cause an infection.

“Having been here from the start Fergus is very dear to us, and we’re keen to give him the best life we can.”

The sanctuary was set up initially to give a couple of unwanted horses a better life. Over the years Mary has found it difficult to turn down animals in need – and is currently caring for more than 40.

The sanctuary is now full to capacity, and Mary says it is a struggle to pay vet bills and ongoing running costs.

She said: “We started off helping just horses and ponies but now we have pigs, sheep and goats too. We would be hugely grateful for any support, from donations to organising a fundraiser, or volunteering at the sanctuary.”

Donations can be sent to Albert’s Horse Sanctuary, South Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S754EF. Alternatively call 07721 327879.