Project information

Horse Lorry Appeal

Over the past few years, our old horse lorry has become unreliable and costly to repair. We desperately need to purchase a new one to enable us to transport rescued equines to safety at our sanctuary and take sick animals to the veterinary hospital for urgent medical attention when required.

January 2019 - February 2019

Charity information: The Flicka Foundation

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  • Need


    Our current horse lorry vehicle is old, with high mileage and has become very unreliable and costly to repair.

    Recently, we have been forced to hire vehicles to transport donkeys, but this is unsustainable and we are now desperate to have a reliable, working vehicle for emergency animal rescues, veterinary visits and educational bookings.

    Most breakdown cover policies do not recover vehicles with large animals on board, so a reliable, working horse lorry is essential to our work.


    A new, reliable equine transport vehicle is vital to our work; in welfare cases an animal may need to be rapidly removed from dangerous or poor conditions.

    During a medical emergency, when a sick donkey or horse needs to be rushed to the veterinary hospital, time is of the essence.

    Transport is also invaluable in allowing us to attend events and educational talks with our sociable donkeys, which enable us to promote our charity and, importantly, continue crucial educational outreach work.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To be self-sufficient for the paramount welfare of the donkeys and that we rescue and care for.


    » We carry out various fundraising activities, including open days at our sanctuary, sponsored events and special appeals to our supporters.

    What success will look like

    Our charity will save vital funds if we do not have to continue hiring vehicles to transport animals and we will be able to act fast to rescue and attend to animals in need.

  • Impact


    We will be able to rescue animals promptly and administer veterinary care immediately when necessary.

    Charity funds will also be saved in the long-term if we do not have to continue to hire vehicles or attempt to continue maintaining our current, unreliable horse lorry.

    We will avoid traumatic rescues such as that of Paddington and Penny - as they were transported to safety, our horse lorry broke down and they had to be swapped into a trailer by the side of the road on a dark, stormy night.


    There is a risk that we will not raise the required funds to purchase a new horse lorry.

    We are constantly raising funds for our charitable work, so if necessary, we would seek alternative ways to raise the funds needed for this project, including, but not limited to, a special appeal to our supporters, sanctuary open days, grant funding and sponsored events.


    We maintain regular contact with our supporters via our Facebook page, e-newsletters, direct mail outs, media releases to local press and our news articles on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Equine Lorry We need to purchase a second-hand, specially converted lorry to transport our rescued equines
  • Background


    Our sanctuary site is located in open countryside near Penryn, Cornwall, but we do also travel to rescue and/or collect equines in need.


    We providing sanctuary and a safe home for life to donkeys, horses and various other animals rescued from situations of neglect, abuse and abandonment.

    Many of the animals we rescue come into us in an extremely poor physical and psychological condition and require emergency treatment from vets, farriers and the equine dentist.

    A new horse lorry will enable us to ensure equines in need are rescued from poor conditions and swiftly transported to the veterinary hospital as and when required.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The key objective of our charity is the rescue of donkeys and other equines from conditions of abuse, neglect and abandonment in the UK and their subsequent rehabilitation and lifelong sanctuary care.

    We also strive to educate members of the public on animal welfare issues via educational outreach talks, to which we often take our sociable donkeys.

    Equine transport is essential to these objectives.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Laurie Stephenson

    Director Trustee

    Judy Giles

    Director Trustee