Students from a special school in Swindon were treated to a free Christmas day out at a leading Bristol-based animal welfare visitor centre.
HorseWorld, which is in its 60th year, hosted the visit by youngsters from Crowdy’s Hill Special School.
It was an apt choice of location for the special outing, as the school already has strong connections with HorseWorld: it has three of the charity’s horses in its care, on loan, along with three of its goats.
During their visit the 34 students all met Santa and his helper Elf in his magical Grotto where they received a Christmas gift, generously donated by an anonymous HorseWorld supporter. They also took part in a range of other activities, including
· Grooming HorseWorld’s popular Shetland pony Nazia
· Interactive feeding time
· Using the indoor and outdoor play areas, and
· meeting several of the charity’s other animals
HorseWorld Managing Director Mark Owen said: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome students from Crowdy’s Hill to HorseWorld. It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, but an educational one too with students learning lots about animal welfare.
“They had a fantastic day and boarded their coach at home time beaming from ear to ear.”
The visit was organised by one of the charity’s Volunteer Home Checkers, Rod Edmondson, who oversees the progress of some of the loan horses at the school and suggested to the school that the children could visit the charity where the animals came from.
HorseWorld rescues, rehabiliates and rehomes horses, ponies and donkeys that have been abandoned, neglected or mistreated. The charity carries out its vital animal welfare work right across Wiltshire, Somerset, the former Avon and the south west.