Only Foals & Horses, the East Lancashire sanctuary for horses, ponies and donkeys has appointed its first operations manager.
Tess Scott-Adams joins Only Foals and Horses from the Blue Cross Re-homing Centre in Rolleston, Derbyshire.
She will be responsible for supervising the Sanctuary’s day-to-day business, and will be at the forefront of its development and fundraising throughout 2018.
One of Tess’s first official duties will be to attend a special service of dedication to the sanctuary’s founder, Olive Lomas, this Sunday at West End Methodist Church in Oswaldtwistle at 10.30am.
A memorial fund in honour of Ms Lomas was launched last month with the aim of raising over £250,000.
Chairman of the charity’s trustees, Stewart Mackay, said: “We’d like to hit our target by the end of next year. It is a big challenge but with Tess’s help we think it’s achievable. She had decided to look for a new challenge within the equine charity sector, and was seriously considering several well-known and established charities.
“However, she was moved by the story of Olive Lomas and the difficult times that the Sanctuary has faced since her death, and felt this was a challenge that she couldn’t walk away from. We are relieved that she chose us to benefit from her wealth of experience in equine care and welfare.”
Tess started her career eventing thoroughbreds which she had rescued from the racetrack and then trained. She went on to establish herself as a regionally recognised coach, gaining her BHSII, and qualifying as a work-based trainer and assessor before changing direction by studying Equine Business and setting up a consultancy firm.
She has established herself in senior roles for some years now within the non-profit sector, working in education, with the Armed Forces, and with nationally recognised animal charities, both in the UK and abroad.
Tess said: “Once I had visited the Sanctuary, and met with some of the committed and enthusiastic staff and volunteers who were against all odds trying to care as best they can for the horses that Olive Lomas lived and died for, I wanted to help.”
“I am excited about all the improvements we can bring about and genuinely believe that not only can we continue helping horses and donkeys in need, but together we can become part of the wider community, supporting vulnerable adults and children with the help of these special animals.”
“This year the sanctuary piloted its first equine-facilitated learning programme, called Groom2Grow, with an NHS Foundation Trust and the positive outcomes have opened the gateway to grant funding,” added Stewart.
“The trial programme has established a need for what our horses and our environment are able to contribute to people and the community. We now have a product to market to healthcare and other organisations, and Carers Link UK will be the first organisation to take part in 2018.”