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Volunteer work day at F.R.I.E.N.D.

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 9.15 - 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 take the train back around 5.30 pm

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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  • Ewa

    I was wondering when are you planning to go back to F.R.I.E.N.D. I would really like to go there

    1 · March 10, 2014

    • Kiki

      Hey Ewa, I do this every month - will put the next visit up as soon as I know when I am free - for more visits to F.R.I.E.N.D. and another animal sanctuary check out the Animal Rights Meetup group as they also organise these kind of events :) Next one on coming Sunday with Cincia:­

      March 11, 2014

    • Ewa

      Thank you Kiki. I will check the other group

      March 11, 2014

  • Kiki

    What a beautiful sunny day we had! It was great meeting all of you and thank you for the hard work you put in for the F.R.I.E.N.D. animals!! Hope to see you guys soon again!

    Feel free to add me on facebook: Kiki Kafer
    Friend you can find here:

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Simon

    Me too. Such a nice day and a great bunch of people

    3 · March 9, 2014

  • Denise H.

    Had a wonderful day meeting the animals and all you guys. The sunshine was the icing on the cake! Hope to see you all again on equally glorious days... :-)

    3 · March 9, 2014

  • Peter L.

    Great day as usual and a lot of hard work performed by all. Thanks
    To those who came for the first time today and hope to see you again

    3 · March 9, 2014

  • Simon

    Hi I on way but my best made plans to arrive early have been scuppered by line closures. Think I'll get there 9.45. Let me know how to get there if I miss you

    1 · March 9, 2014

  • Joanne

    Sorry Kiki, I'm afraid I can't make it after all due to family stuff that's come up last minute :( Pity as I was really looking forward to helping out. Next month hopefully - have a great day everyone and say hello to the animals for me

    March 8, 2014

    • Kiki

      No worries, Joanne, I understand and it will be great to see you another time :)

      1 · March 8, 2014

    • Joanne

      Hope you all have a fantastic day. Enjoy :)

      1 · March 8, 2014

  • Natalie

    I've just signed up for this, and feeling a bit nervous about my first meet up event, but I'm really looking forward to meeting the people and animals and helping out at F.R.I.E.N.D!

    1 · March 8, 2014

    • Kiki

      Hi Natalie, aw don't worry - this group is actually really friendly and welcoming and I am sure you will have a good time. Thanks for your support and I'm looking forward to meet you tomorrow!

      1 · March 8, 2014

  • Peter L.

    I'll be there doing what I like best mucking out and saying hello to all the animals let's hope the sun shines

    1 · March 5, 2014

    • Kiki

      Great stuff!! :)

      March 5, 2014

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