Today, Deborah Meaden, businesswoman and investor on BBC 2’s Dragon’s Den, represented the charity Brooke, Action for Working Horses and Donkeys at a Remembrance gathering at the Animals in War Memorial on Park Road, London. The service was organised by the Petplan Charitable Trust and the Dogs Trust.
Above: Petra and Deborah with messages written by Brooke supporters, which were placed at the memorial with a wreath. Photo by Wayne Jones Photography
Deborah gave a speech about the horses, donkeys and mules that served the British army between 1914 and 1918. She also spoke about how horses were abandoned and sold into hard labour in Egypt after the war. Today, Brooke works to protect and improve the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules, which are still working around the world, supporting the lives of people living in developing countries.
Right: a remembrance wreath placed by Deborah Meaden and Petra Ingram
‘’I am pleased and honoured to support Brooke and the Every Horse Remembered campaign, and to have represented them at the Petplan memorial service. I have six of my own horses, three of them rescues, and they mean so much to me. The horses, donkeys and mules Brooke works with are no different to animals here, but, like those who fought beside British soldiers in WW1, their lives are so much harder."
At the event, Brooke’s Chief Executive Petra Ingram spoke about the charity’s new campaign, Every Horse Remembered, which highlights the heroic struggle of working horses, donkeys and mules of the past and present, and will build better lives for future generations. Find out more about the campaign here.
Right: Deborah meets a horse from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. Major Harriet Church, RVO, read 'The Soldier's Kiss' a poem by Henry Chappell.