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Funds raised in memory of Bacca
FUNDS raised by people in Salisbury will help build a shelter for abandoned donkeys in Crete in memory of a local woman’s beloved horse.
When Marion Gilbert’s horse Bacca died days before its 35th birthday she was devastated and wanted to do something in its memory.
While planning a family holiday to Crete she discovered a charity called Walk With Donkeys, which runs a sanctuary on the island for retired or abandoned donkeys, mules and horses, and decided it would be the perfect way to do something in Bacca’s memory.
She asked friends and family to make donations and held an event in the Green Dragon pub in Alderbury, raising 650 euros, which she delivered during her holiday while also having the chance to see firsthand the work the charity does.
She said: “They were just bowled over with the money. There are so many things they need and they work in such adverse conditions; they’ve dedicated their lives to it really.”
Suzanne Barbour and Alistair Paton, who run the charity, currently look after 25 donkeys, mules and horses, along with 12 dogs, and rely on donations to run the sanctuary.
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