Horse shelter threatened with closure

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A HORSE sanctuary in South Yorkshire needs financial support as it nears collapse.

Albert’s Horse Sanctuary in Cawthorne, Barnsley, looks after 40 animals, including 24 horses and donkeys, plus sheep, goats, pigs, cats and rabbits.

Mary Hepworth, who runs the operation, said she is struggling to keep going after one of the worst winters in history.

“We used all our hay very early in the winter and feeding bills are just astronomical,” she said.

“The animals ate much more than usual to keep warm.

“We don’t employ many staff or anything like that - the money goes straight to the animals.”

She added: “We don’t want to think about closing down but we can only go so far without funding.”

Mary is looking for people to make donations to the sanctuary, whether they are made in cash or in much needed food, hay, straw or equipment.

At the moment Mary is also desperate for hay for the sanctuary, as there is a real shortage.

“We are buying hay bale by bale at the moment, which is ridiculous. If there are any farmers out there who have some hay they want to donate or sell at a reasonable price, we are desperate.”

Anyone able to help Albert’s Horse Sanctuary can call Mary on 07721 327 879.