Local donkey sanctuary, Hope Pastures, has been announced as Charity of the Year by The Light centre in Leeds. As part of the accolade, The Light will fundraise for the charity throughout 2019 and 2020, helping to raise vital funds for the centre, which ensures the wellbeing of horses, ponies and donkeys in need.

To encourage donations to Hope Pastures, The Light has already announced a number of fundraising events, including Mother’s Day activities and a knit-athon for people to come together and knit a donkey to help raise proceeds for sanctuary. It is hoped the activities will help to raise vital funds for the sanctuary, which relies solely on donations to prevent the suffering and support with the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of horses, ponies and donkeys across Yorkshire.

Stephanie James, Marketing Manager at The Light, commented on the announcement and future partnership, “Here at The Light we’re passionate about supporting the local community, over the years we have supported loads of charities local to Leeds. When choosing charities to support, we always look for something that’s going to benefit the whole community, and that’s why Hope Pastures really appealed to us. Not only does the centre support the animals it protects, but it also acts as a vital pillar within the Leeds community, as children and adults of all abilities visit the centre and get real rewards from interacting with the animals.

“We’re really excited about the partnership and have a whole host of events and activities scheduled to help raise funds. This includes a pop-up Mother’s Day Pamper Parlour where all proceeds go to the charity and even knitting classes to raise money for the sanctuary. So watch this space, as there will be plenty of activities over the coming months in store to keep our visitors entertained and to raise money for these poor animals in their hour of need.”

Suzy Butress, Supporter Relations Coordinator at Hope Pastures, commented: “We are delighted to have been nominated as Charity of the Year by The Light. It’s a real achievement for us and we hope it will help to save and improve the lives of the animals we care for and the wider community that benefits from interaction with the ponies, horses and donkeys. Hope Pastures relies on the generosity of local people’s donations, so we are very grateful for all the support and donations this partnership will generate.”

The first fundraiser for Hope Pastures will take place this Mother’s Day at The Light, where mums, kids, families and friends can enjoy a pamper parlour and children’s entertainment as part of a first fundraiser at The Light.

For more information or to find out how to donate please visit https://www.hopepastures.org/.