Children from Berry Pomeroy Primary School have been busy raising our profile for a special exhibition all about the nature of charity.
More than 100 pupils from the tiny South Devon school spent a whole term, as part of their English and Citizenship curriculum, finding out about the vital role of the Sanctuary.
They joined in with everything from designing posters and flyers, mucking out, helping with pony agility training, even taking a trade stand to local shops to raise money.
And they recently held a special exhibition showcasing their hard work at our indoor arena at Coombe Park, in front of more than 70 proud parents, grandparents and teachers.
Sanctuary Head of Education, Dawn Neil, said: “The work we do fits nicely into the school’s citizenship curriculum and this is a really exciting opportunity for the Sanctuary. The children love what we do, and they are going to be our supporters of the future.”
Berry Pomeroy Acting Head Natalie Last said the children had really enjoyed the project, particularly working with the rescued ponies.
She added: “The children have absolutely loved their time at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary. They have been able to experience so much, from training with the lovely ponies to designing posters and asking for donations.
“We had no idea when we started this project how varied life is at the Sanctuary. Not only do they have loads of grooms to look after the animals but also five farms, six shops and a team of people raising money to keep the charity going.
“We’re hoping to teach the children a little bit about how they can give back to their local communities, not just take from them.”
Mum Kayleigh Widdicombe, who has two children at the school, said they had been talking about the project every evening when they came home.
She added: “It’s been such a fantastic project and they have learnt so much about charity and how important it is to support them. It’s a very important lesson.”
Mum Laura Duncan, who also has two children at the school, said: “This project was such a good idea. The children have absolutely loved it…although it looks like we may have to get a pony!”