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15 December 2014 by Redwings Press Office

Sad loss of Thomas the cat

We’re very sad to announce that Thomas the cat, who lived at Redwings HQ, passed away on Saturday 13th December at the age of 18.

He had developed arthritis and had some problems with his kidneys, and when his condition began to deteriorate the decision was made to put him to sleep to ensure he did not suffer.

Thomas had been resident at our headquarters in Hapton, South Norfolk, since shortly after our arrival on the site in February 2001 and had become an iconic part of Redwings’ operations.

He was a huge favourite with all the staff and had met many of the charity’s supporters at open days over the years, not to mention numerous visiting dignitaries and even a few celebrities too including Nikki Chapman, Kate Ford, Matt Allwright, Paul Martin and Dick and Dom! Thomas was also the face of Redwings appeal for donated items and so parcels would often arrive addressed to him.

Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress takes up the story: “Thomas arrived at Hapton not long after we did. He lived in a house in a nearby village but after we moved in he kept turning up on site. After his owner had taken him back home for the umpteenth time she decided it was easier to let him stay with us, he had clearly decided he was on to a good thing! The really amazing thing was, when our team told her they had been referring to him as ‘Thomas’, his owner said that that was actually his name! So it was destiny really.

“Since that day he made himself right at home. He had beds all around the site, including the Horse Hospital and the equine care team’s staffroom, not to mention numerous chairs and baskets around the charity’s admin offices."

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Redwings in Action

29 October 2014 by Redwings Press Office

Adopt a Redwings horse or donkey this Christmas

For a truly unique gift for your friends and family, why not sponsor a horse or donkey?

A year’s membership to our Adoption Club costs just £12.50 and makes a fantastic gift for family and friends.

When sponsoring one of our residents, your loved one will receive a certificate, plus twice yearly updates and photographs from their new best friend and even an invitation to their birthday party! All the funds we raise go directly towards helping care for your chosen adoption star and their friends so not only is it a great gift but you really will be making a big difference to horses in need.

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16 December 2014 by Redwings Press Office

Portrait auction winners announced!

Donated works of art by Alison Holmes raise funds for Redwings residents.

Last month, we auctioned two beautiful portraits of our Adoption Stars Maya and Major by Manchester-based artist, Alison Holmes.

Mother and daughter Fenella and Mabel Vokeswon the auction of Maya’s pastel portrait, with a fantastic bid of £130. Maya, a beautiful 10-year-old Friesian mare rescued in 2010 is now enjoying life as an Adoption Star at Redwings Aylsham in north Norfolk.

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02 December 2014 by Redwings Press Office

Slow justice for the Antrim horses

Father and son jailed after “profound and severe case” of animal neglect.

A father and son, Robert and Conor McAleenan from County Antrim in Northern Ireland, have today (Tuesday 2nd December) been given custodial sentences and banned from keeping horses for 25 years on 17 animal cruelty offences.

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