Leading equine welfare and rescue charity Bransby Horses has created a beautifully illustrated Christmas story book to help raise awareness of its life-saving work, and encourage people to show their support through a donation, at a time when it’s most needed.
Pudding’s Christmas Miracle, written by the team at Bransby Horses and primary school teacher Helen Kennedy, invites readers to experience the same journey that so many of the equines embark on when they come into the charity’s care.
Over 32 beautifully illustrated pages, the book, which is aimed at children aged four to eight, tells the rhyming rags to riches tale of a fictional black Shetland Pony called Pudding, who is rescued by the charity after being found abandoned in a field at Christmas without water or food.
Like so many of the horses that arrive at the charity, Pudding is suffering from neglect and poor health, and the inspiring and uplifting story follows her journey as she is taken to a safe haven and given loving care and treatment – before a special visit leads to an incredible Christmas miracle.
All the profits from the sale of the book, which is available now to purchase online and by phone, will go directly to funding the vital rescue and welfare work carried out every day by the charity.
Sally Crawford, Executive Director of Engagement & Income Generation at Bransby Horses says:
“Our work to improve the lives of horses is, sadly, more needed than ever before, but we know that not everyone is aware of what our incredible team does day in, day out, to give the hundreds of equines in our care a better life.
“Through Pudding’s inspirational story, we’re hoping to raise smiles and funds, whilst helping to spread the word about the amazing work that our team does, rescuing horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in need.
“Whether you decide to come to purchase the Pudding’s Christmas Miracle book, sponsor an equine or make a donation, you make a positive difference, and for that we’re truly grateful.”
While Pudding is a fictional character, the public is being invited to sponsor her as one of Bransby Horses’ nine Sponsorship Stars, which includes horses, ponies and donkeys from across the charity’s two Lincolnshire sites in Bransby and Barlings. An annual sponsorship of £36 helps to fund the vital care and support these horses need, with Bransby Horses’ bi-annual vet bills sometimes in excess of £40,000.