Melton Times, Thursday, December 9, 2010 http://www.meltontimes.co.uk
Lending a helping hand at Pablo’s
VOLUNTEER support is vital to Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary, allowing the charity to care for its 60 horses and ponies. As part of the Melton Times Advent appeal reporter NATALIE WEBB focuses on those who selflessly give up their time come rain or shine.
HARDWORK: Working with Chris and Jerry Bell at Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary is retired brickie Tom Yaxley PHOTO: Tim Williams To order call (01664) 410041 or visit http://www.photostoday.co.uk
EVERY volunteer at Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary in Long Clawson helps provide unparalled, vital support to the horses and ponies that need care, amongst them is Christine and Gerry Bell, an inspirational couple, who give up every minute of their spare time to cater for the rescued horses needs.
Gerry is a long distance lorry driver for Melton-based S and J Haulage. He works away four days a week but when he’s home spends all his time mucking out horses at Pablo’s – and he enjoys every minute of it. The couple visit Pablo’s every weekend without fail, and always go above and beyond to help out.
Christine said: “When looking for a charity to support Pablo’s captured our hearts. We were seeking that special somewhere that would truly need and appreciate the time and effort we could give. Pablo’s desperately needed our help, we were so taken by founder of the charity Carole Fielding’s attention to the horses and her patience for each one. She is such an inspirational woman and we haven’t looked back since.”
Gerry agrees: “When you walk through Pablo’s gate, you leave your troubles behind and you enter a different world, everything is so peaceful there. I can’t begin to remember how mundane my weekends were before volunteering.”
Another volunteer who gets a lot out of helping at the sanctuary is Beverley Adams. After recently being made redundant, she finds peace of mind at Pablo’s. “Being surrounded by the horses has a calming effect on me, I can leave home frazzled and within minutes the tension melts away.” Bev was often nervous and anxious around horses but volunteering has helped her overcome her fear, so much so that she has just undertaken a course in equine touch, a holistic therapy for horses. She said: “I would recommend volunteering to anyone, it is fantastically rewarding.”
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT:Volunteers help charity trustee Carole Fielding on the Pablo’s victorian christmas fayre stall PHOTO: Natalie Webb To order visit www. photostoday. co.uk
Loughborough Grammar School pupil Harry Overend (16) enjoys working at the sanctuary so much he continues to help muck out at weekends, even though he has now finished his Duke of Edinburgh volunteer placement there. Harry said: “I get a lot out of working at Pablo’s, everyone is really welcoming and I always feel like I have accomplished something big after I finish for the day.”
FUN IN THE FIELDS: Volunteers Harry Overend (16) and Beverley Adams enjoy the hard work PHOTOS: Supplied
FIVE WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN HELP
DONATE: Hand in your donation or make a cheque payable to Pablo’s Horse Sanctuary and drop it off at the Melton Times office in Nottingham Street. Alternatively you could set up a standing order with your bank
ADOPT: Adopt a horse for a year as an unusual Christmas present for just £20. You will receive a photo, certificate and quarterly updates
HAY: Donations of hay are desperately required
VOLUNTEER: Get stuck in and volunteer your time. Weekend volunteers are particularly needed
FUNDRAISE: Hold an event such as a cake sale or become part of Pablo’s fundraising team