Totnes school girls fundraise to help Brooke

Friends Skyla Howarth and Harriet Van Weede, from Totnes, recently raised £113 for Brooke after hosting a bring-and-buy-sale at their primary school.

Harriet (left) and Skyla (right)

Skyla, aged nine, said: “I loved being behind a stall and feeling like I am going to make a difference. I liked raising money for a good cause and it was my first fundraiser ever!”

Brooke works across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America to make long lasting improvements to the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them. With £113, Brooke will now be able to train two vets and provide up to three portable water troughs in brick kilns, where fresh water is hard to find.

Skyla first heard about Brooke through equestrian YouTuber This Esme, who visited Brooke’s work in Senegal in 2019. She said: “I thought, this is the charity that I want to fundraise for because they do such a good job looking after animals. I like how they use the money to help animals.”

There are currently over 100 million horses, donkeys and mules working worldwide, earning an income that around 600 million people rely on to put food on their tables, send their children to school and build better futures for themselves and their families.