Volunteer Work Day at FRIEND Farmed Animal Sanctuary

Dear Animal Friends, another volunteer work day at F.R.I.E.N.D. is up on this Sunday!!

To those who haven't been at F.R.I.E.N.D. before, this is a vegan run Animal Rescue Sanctuary which provides a permanent home to around 150 abused, unwanted and orphaned farmed animals, so they can live peacefully for the rest of their lives. As well as farmed animals, this place is also providing shelter to many other animals including cats and dogs and other "pet" animals.

F.R.I.E.N.D. Animal Rescue Sanctuary is run by Marion and Marc who solely rely on the support of donations and volunteers and do not receive any public funding. However, they work very hard to make sure that the animals are well looked after and cared for.

Despite the work being a proper work out as there is always lots to do, these visits are a chance to actually interact with many animals that have been rescued from the farmed animal industry and meet like-minded people who want to help them too.

The work we are usually doing at F.R.I.E.N.D. includes feeding, mucking out and/or doing sanctuary maintenance work. So you will need wellies, a change of trousers/top and GLOVES (!).

We are also usually having a break around lunchtime and as you might get hungry please bring vegan (this is a vegan place therefore vegan food only) snack or something for everyone to share. Please let everyone know in the comments below if you prefer to share or bring your own so those who want to share know how much food to bring. There is also a microwave if you want to heat up your food. Coffee and tea is usually already there.

Last but not least when at FRIEND please keep in mind a few things in regards to the animals:

Please ask Marion or Mark first if you want give treats to the animals – not all animals can eat everything and some foods could affect their health and wellbeing – even if it's vegan.

Please be mindful and don't tease the animals when interacting with them – they are rescued animals and they may have had bad experiences in the past.


Unless you're driving down with your own car we meet at Charing Cross station at 9.00 - by the ticket office. Please bring a £5 note and some pound coins for the fare. The fare is approximately £8.55 each if 4 go group save or if there is an 'odd one over' then they pay the full fare and we share the difference - usually this is around an extra £2-3.

Please arrive as promptly as you can as we have to work out how many for the fare before getting the tickets and on the train!

We will be picked up and brought back to the station as a group therefore it is important to arrive at Paddock Wood Station together / at the same time – unless you don't need a lift / have your own car / bike / moped.

We will leave around 5.30 pm in the summer months – probably earlier in this time...

Map for anyone making their own way there:

Thank you in the name of the F.R.I.E.N.D. animals!

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  • Day

    If any of you want to connect on fb you can find me with my name -Day Radley

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Kiki

      Same from my side - I'm Kiki Kafer on FB :D

      January 14, 2014

    • Shelley R.

      Me too im shelley rae on fb :)

      January 14, 2014

  • Day

    So very very amazing! Marc and Marion are so inspiring. Thank you for organsing this Kiki xx

    2 · January 13, 2014

    • Kiki

      Thank you for coming - glad you enjoyed it :) xx

      1 · January 13, 2014

  • Shelley R.

    Hard work but very rewarding. Met some lovely new people :)

    1 · January 12, 2014

    • Kiki

      It was very lovely to meet you guys too and hard workers you were :)

      January 13, 2014

  • Cat N.

    Hi all, really looking forward to meeting you and helping out with the animals! I'm planning on coming to Charing X to get the train with everyone - how will I recognise the group?

    2 · January 11, 2014

    • Kiki

      Hi Cat, I think it will be easy as charing x is not very big and you might recognise us as some of us will be wearing wellies (I will for sure) and usually we're the only group! If all that fails I've messaged to everyone my mobile number - did you get it?

      January 11, 2014

  • Mark

    Note that there are engineering works affecting train services between Sevenoaks and Paddock Wood on Sunday, so it's a replacement bus service instead for that section. This may affect anyone planning to travel with a bike.

    1 · January 11, 2014

    • Kiki

      Thanks Mark for making us aware of this - very helpful :) Are you planning to go to FRIEND too btw?

      January 11, 2014

    • Mark

      I wont know for sure until tomorrow morning, but I'm hopeful.

      1 · January 11, 2014

  • Kiki

    Hi All, apart from the mail I've sent to you - please note that I have changed the time of the meeting point to 9:00am as there are engineering works on the route and I would like to take the train that goes a little bit earlier. I hope you can make it 15min earlier, please let me know if not. You can also call / text (sent my number to you in the mail) me if you have any problems / questions

    Apart from that - as a new year has started - of course the train company didn't miss the obligatory increase of their prices so the price is slightly higher - £8.55 - £11.40 per person if we get enough people together to use the group safe option - this could vary depending on how many are there. If you could please make sure that you have this ready in cash as I will collect the money of each of you and then get the tickets for us all :)

    Thanks and please let me know if you have any questions!! xx

    January 11, 2014

    • Kiki

      PS. I've made the changes accordingly in the description for the meet up to avoid confusion..

      January 11, 2014

  • Bani

    I would love to come to this, but can't usually make it on Sundays. Do you ever go on Saturday/ any other day?

    January 7, 2014

    • Kiki

      Hi Bani, I have organised the visits before for Saturdays but since last time put it on the Sunday as that is often better for me but I might put it on a Sat again - however, on the animal rights meetup group are also visits to FRIEND organised and those are usually on Saturdays :)

      January 8, 2014

  • Shelley R.

    Hi we will be driving straight there will bring enough vegan lunch to share :) looking forward to it :) x

    1 · January 6, 2014

    • Kiki

      Hey, sorry for my late reply was buried in work! Great to hear :D and looking forward to meeting you and thanks for letting everyone know about sharing food - I will bring something to share as well btw :) xx

      January 8, 2014

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