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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 on 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.

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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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  • Cinzia D.

    Hi everyone! This is happening on Sunday! Weather should hold up and should definitely be a good day.

    A work out with the animals and time in the country spent with nature and like minded people.

    So far I have the following going:

    13th April
    1. Nico - Alperton
    2. Cinzia
    3. June
    4. Lesley
    5. Frankie 6. Helena - East Kent (meet up)

    7. Martin Cooper fruitraider

    8. John
    9. Katie

    Please let me know if you are coming and not on my list or visa versa.

    We are also going on Sunday 20th if you can't make this one.

    Thank you for caring for the animals.

    Cinzia x

    April 7, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Hi Lesley, yes at 910 as we pick up Frankie at 915 and June at 930 on the way.... It should be a good day!

      1 · April 12, 2014

    • Lesley D.

      See you tomorrow then!

      April 12, 2014

  • Chantal

    I'm working a night shift! Will be there next sun!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    Is anyone planning on going by train?

    April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    As you are driving Cinzia, just wondered what time you are expecting to arrive at the Retreat?

    1 · April 9, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Hi Helena, we arrive between 1030/11. London based people set off between 9/930 generally. :)

      April 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please could you tell me if the entrance is actually on the A28 as opposed to Cripple Hill?

    1 · April 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Cinzia. Would you like me to pick you up from the station? I have a small car but can fit 3 in the back with a squeeze

      1 · April 8, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Thank you so much Helena! You are very kind, we are also driving but if anyone does come by train and shall let you know for help with lift - thank you! Look forward to meeting you :))

      April 8, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    April 7, 2014

  • Lesley D.

    Hard now to decide which date to do.. I think both may be too much.. if you end up really short on this one I may switch from Easter Sat (we shall see what else comes up meanwhile)

    1 · March 27, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      So Easter Sunday? See u then!

      April 2, 2014

    • Lesley D.

      Yes I meant Sunday of course sorry.. I think I will come on the 13th now anyway!

      1 · April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first volunteer day and really looking forward to it. I actually live in East Kent so will be making my own way to the Retreat :)

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Cinzia D.

      Fantastic! I look forward to meeting you :)

      April 2, 2014

  • Cinzia D.

    This is an additional day in April as the 3rd Sunday falls on Easter and not convenient for everyone. I hope people can make one or the other. We will not complain if you do both either :))

    March 23, 2014

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