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VOLUNTEER DAY at The Retreat Animal Rescue in Ashford

Dear friends of the animals,
The Volunteer Days at the animal sanctuaries have proved to be both popular and enjoyable for people who like the interaction with the animals and therefore I would like to extend the experience out to a second sanctuary I also work with who are in desperate need of help. Starting in January 2014 of the 3rd Sunday of every month.
The Retreat Animal Rescue is a vegan run sanctuary that cares for over 1,000 animals at any one time and offers much needed support to all animals - farmed, domestic and wild. Their aims are to educate the public that all animals need commitment, love and respect.
The Retreat is a rescue centre which saves tormented, abused, sick, injured and unwanted animals from certain death. Some of their residents include: ex-race horses, ex-riding school ponies, injured live export sheep, cows saved from slaughter, ex-petting farm goats, injured birds, ferrets, Christmas turkeys, worn-out battery hens, disabled non-releasable wildlife, fish, small domestics, old or feral and FIV cats, and dogs who have failed behaviour tests in other dog homes.
Billy Thompson is the founder of the centre and has devoted his life to the cause. More information can be found here: http://www.retreatanimalrescue.org.uk/
There is always lots to do including feeding, mucking out and/or doing any other sanctuary ad hoc task. You will need wellies, a change of clothing and GLOVES (working gloves probably best). This is also an opportunity to meet like minded people. Please bring food/snack or pot luck to share during your break (this is a vegan place therefore vegan food would be preferred). Coffee and tea is usually provided in the volunteer kitchen.
The plan is to Meet at Charing Cross station at 9.10 - by the ticket office. The fare to Ashford is considerably dearer than Paddock Wood but I hope this will not put everyone off. The return fare is £26.30pp (yikes!) but reduced to £13.15 with a GROUP DISCOUNT for four people. Please encourage friends to join you.
TRAIN TIMES Dep 09:38 London Charing Cross Arr. 10:58 Ashford International Dep 16:33 Ashford International Arr. 17:52 London Charing Cross A GROUP discount for 4 people is available on this route £52.60 which works out at £13.15 per person.
If driving, the journey is fairly straight forward and parking is available at the sanctuary. The Retreat Animal Rescue, Brickyard Farm, Cripple Hill, High Halden, Kent TN26 3LJ
Unfortunately, the animal ambulance can only accommodate two people so lifts from the station are not possible and would suggest a shared taxi or relying on the goodwill of driving volunteers to pick up from the station.
Billy's mobile[masked]
Email: [masked]
This is for those who love working with animals and helping where help is needed.
If there are any question please do not hesitate to ask.
Cinzia[masked]

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  • Ivan D.

    Awesome day with awesome people!

    1 · May 21, 2014

  • Elaine

    Had a great day, thanks to others for making it so. Weather was glorious, food divine and the company of like minded good people - outstanding!

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    next Volunteer days at Retreat are 1st & 15th of June. FRIEND on 31st May.

    May 18, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    next Volunteer days at Retreat are 1st & 15th of June. FRIEND on 31st May.

    May 18, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Thank you everyone that came, hope you enjoyed the interaction with the animals as much as I did, the hard labour is a feel good work out :)

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Another fantastic day! The weather was glorious, maybe a little hot, so much hard work all round and we were privilege to a tour of the sanctuary today - although at the expense of completing some tasks..... But the good news is that there is another organised day on the first Sunday of the month by Elaine!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Fantastic day!

    1 · May 18, 2014

  • Talal

    It was really good to meet you all today, have a brilliant week ahead everyone :)

    2 · May 18, 2014

  • king

    Hi all, is anyone catching the train from charing cross. Hoping there's enough to get a group discount??

    May 13, 2014

    • Sadiye D.

      I think it's just us three going from the station...unless others show up who haven't confirmed they are going via Charing cross. I'll be there no matter. Here's my number: 07445857434. X

      May 18, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Guys, if you really want to go and you don't get the discount I will give you the difference when you get to retreat. I would hate for you to miss out. Cinz

      May 18, 2014

  • Elaine

    My hubby & I will are able to pick up 3 people from Ashford International at 11 am. If this helps anyone please just ask. Might not come back to you straight away, usually doing several things at once. Be warned our car smells of dog (best smell ever if you ask me). :)

    1 · May 13, 2014

    • Sadiye D.

      Yaaaay sounds good. thank you :-) xxx

      1 · May 17, 2014

    • Elaine

      See you at 11 am. xxx

      1 · May 17, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    I have posted this on FB as well...

    Hello everyone, it is going to be a glorious weekend!

    The volunteers for Sunday are:

    1. Nico - Hanger Lane
    2. Cinzia
    3. Frankie
    4. Natalie fish lock
    5. June

    6. Ivan - Hastings

    7. Lynne- Hounslow
    8. Lesley

    9. Elaine
    10. Eric

    Meet up - train? TBC
    11. King - Dalstan
    12. Marina - If there is anyone who can give King and Marina a lift pls let me know as we don't have 4 people for the train discount.

    Please let me know if I have missed anyone or if you can no longer make it!

    Thank you for caring for the animals and look forward to seeing you all Sunday.

    Cinzia[masked]

    May 17, 2014

    • Sadiye D.

      Thanks Elaine :-) I'll be travelling from Brimsdown :-) xxx

      1 · May 17, 2014

    • Elaine

      You are welcome, see you at 11 am tomorrow Sadiye.

      May 17, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    We have one more person going by train from charing cross - sadie dreameca

    May 17, 2014

  • Maja

    I am really, really sorry but it looks like I will not be able to make it on Sunday. Next time!

    May 15, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Hey all - is anyone is driving from london and can offer lifts to volunteers please let us know, they can meet you at your convenience and share petrol costs which will be a fraction of the train costs. Thank you v much, Cinzia

    May 14, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Hey everyone! Retreat Volunteer Day is on Sunday 18th May - the weather is expected to cheer up so should be a great day with the animals and the wonderful people that volunteer their time.

    I have created an FB event:
    https://m.facebook.com/events/551026911672241

    Please do let me know if you are able to make it so I can track numbers and let billy know.

    Thank you
    Cinzia[masked]

    May 12, 2014

    • marina

      I would love to come, I hope I can find other people to get a group fare. As 27 pounds might be a little bit too much for my budget. Otherwise Im there :)

      May 14, 2014

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