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Carlisle horse rescue centre issues urgent appeal for volunteers

A rescue centre for racehorses near Carlisle is appealing for help.

Volunteer Lisa Thomson at the centre

Volunteers are urgently needed to help the Racehorse Rescue Centre complete an upgrade of its charity base at Westlinton, near Carlisle.

The charity is currently caring for eight retired and rescued horses, most of which leaders hope they will be able to re-home.

One horse, 20-year-old Peak, was born and raced in New Zealand before he was brought to the UK to compete.

He came to the centre after his owner in Birmingham was diagnosed with a serious illness and was no longer able to care for him. He is one of the horses who lives at the centre permanently.

Others include Prince, a three-year-old, who was rescued from being sent to slaughter with his mother and another mare.

Nigel Wood is one of the volunteers who runs the centre at The Glen.

He said: “We’ve been a registered charity for about a year now but there has been help and support for much longer than that.

“A lot of people don’t know that we’re here but we want to raise awareness of what we do.”

The centre helps to care or re-home retired racecourses or to step in to help animals that are abandoned, mistreated or in need.

It also runs community programmes for those who wish to visit the site and meet the animals. It operates across the UK.

The RRC is looking for volunteers who can help with day-to-day duties, roles that would suit those who are retired or unemployed.

Tradesmen are also sought to help to carry out work on the charity’s new office and barn, including a plasterer, electrician, gardener, and telephone engineer.

Fundraiser Jeff Coates is also hoping a student may be able to step in and help maintain the charity’s website.

“It could be good experience for those at college studying IT,” he said.

The pair also make an appeal for office furniture.

If you can help, make contact by calling 01228 672364, mobile 07766027162 or email


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