Plea to help Barnsley pony

Mary Hepworth with Fergus the pony at Albert's Horse and Pony Sanctuary, South Lane, Cawthorne.
Mary Hepworth with Fergus the pony at Albert's Horse and Pony Sanctuary, South Lane, Cawthorne.
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A horse sanctuary in South Yorkshire is appealing for urgent help to save one of its animals.

Twenty-one-year-old pony Fergus needs life-saving treatment to remove a tumour from his eye.

Mary Hepworth, who runs Albert’s Horse Sanctuary in Barnsley, said: “We don’t know exactly how much the treatment will cost but we’ve been told it’s likely to run into thousands.”

Mary, her husband John and their daughters Mary-Anne and Stacey opened the Cawthorne-based shelter in 2005, and admit they sometimes have to go without food themselves so there is enough to feed the horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs, cats and rabbits.

Mary said: “This year we have the added pressure of wanting to help Fergus and we really need public’s help.

“Fergus came to the sanctuary in August 2005, aged 13, from a riding school in York.

“They had arranged to have him put to sleep. He’s such a lovely pony and over the years has helped many children scared of horses with his gentle personality.

“He really deserves to be given a chance to get better and the only way we can give that to him is for him to be sent to Halifax for a life-saving operation.”

n To help call Mary on 07721 327 879 or visit the sanctuary at South Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4EF.