Gower MP, Tonia Antoniazzi, has become the first official patron of Woodfield Animal Sanctuary, the rescue centre based on Welsh Moor, Gower.
The Member of Parliament for Gower has supported the charity for some time and recently visited to catch up on the impact of Covid-19.
Woodfield was founded in 2013 by retired couple Robbie and David Bartington. Since then it has rescued over 300 horses and ponies – many emaciated or injured – plus orphaned lambs, dogs, cows and cats.
Robbie said: “We are so grateful for Tonia’s ongoing support and are delighted that she has agreed to be our first patron at what is a very difficult time for small charities.
“In our case, the pandemic has led to a big increase in abandoned and neglected animals coming in over the past year. We took in over 30 rescued ponies alone – mostly unwanted colts– swelling the current number in our care to over 70.
“Tonia’s new role as patron is a wonderful boost which will help us to continue to provide a safe haven for any animal in need.”
During her recent visit, Ms Antoniazzi greeted horses in the stable yard, helped feed this year’s lambs and met resident sheep, cats, dogs plus one boisterous alpaca called Jason.
Tonia said: “I am so pleased to be able to formally support Robbie and David and all the fabulous team at Woodfield Animal Sanctuary.
“We spoke at length about the financial impact that Covid and lockdowns have had on small local charities.
“This is something I care very much about and it is heartwarming to see the care that the animals get at Woodfield.
“I urge anyone who is able to make a donation to Woodfield to do so and help fund their amazing work.”
The Sanctuary has just launched their summer fundraising campaign, hoping to cover the upcoming cost of summer grazing for the many horses and sheep, plus ongoing fence repairs, veterinary bills and staffing.
To find out more visit: www.justgiving.com/campaign/woodfieldsummer21
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