Auction raises €1670 for rescued horses

A charity art auction benefitting abused and neglected horses living at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre near Rojales has raised €1670 – enough to buy 335 bales of winter hay for the horses, ponies and donkeys.

Organised by volunteers Isabel Sodric and Koren Helbig, the Rescue Centre fundraiser included an online sale followed by a live auction at The October Press in Alicante on Saturday 26th November. Originals artworks donated by 28 artists from seven countries were sold to raise funds, with some pieces going to buyers living as far afield as Australia.

Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding said she was humbled by the response, which comes as the rescue centre enters the difficult winter and Christmas period when charity shop sales plummet and hay prices almost double to €5 a bale.

The Rojales-based sanctuary now cares for 99 horses, ponies and donkeys, after yet another skeletal horse was rescued just last Wednesday.

Sue said: “We are so grateful to receive this money, as it just gives us a bit of a push to keep going after a difficult year. A huge thank you goes to each of these artists, because having their support really has been so uplifting. Seeing such support roll in from all over the world has made us feel like people do value what we are doing and achieving.

“We are also so overjoyed to see so many Spanish people getting involved and wanting to be a part of improving animal welfare in their own country. What a positive end to the year.”

Isa and Koren said they were delighted to see so many people support the fundraiser both online and during the live auction, and that they hoped the money raised would help Easy Horse Care as it battled for funding during the quieter and colder winter months.

Supporters are reminded that the January open day date has changed to avoid falling on New Year’s Day. Instead, the centre will open for free to the public on the second Sunday of the month, 8th January from 1pm to 4pm. For more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net. Rescue Centre co-founder Sue Weeding can also be contacted on +34 652 021 980 or by emailing: rescue@easyhorsecare.net.