Keynsham equine charity appeals for help after thieves steal valuable trailer
Published on: 04 Sep 2015
An equine charity based near Keynsham which lost a horse trailer and equipment worth thousands of pounds in a burglary is appealing for help to replace the items.
The team at Small Strides CIC, which gives disadvantaged children and adults the chance to interact with horses and ponies at its site at Queen Charlton and in outreach visits, were left devastated by the theft from founder Amy Lewis’ farm in Wick last month.
After breaking through three locks, including a padlocked gate and wheel lock, the thieves took a trailer worth around £3,000, used to take the charity’s Shetland pony to schools and groups.
A child’s bike and a pony trap were also taken during the raid, which forced the organisation to cancel visits and sessions it had booked at day centres, nursing homes and more.
“It feels like it was a targeted burglary and they had possibly been watching,” Mrs Lewis said.
“We have been going since January and we really have been building everything up and so this is just devastating.”
The pony trap has since been recovered, following a tip-off to police who found the item at a field in Curtis Lane, Stoke Gifford, on August 21.
Mrs Lewis said: “It’s wonderful to have the trap returned but we really need to find the trailer or replace it.
“We’re going to have to start fundraising for a new one because we really need it for people’s therapy.”
To find out more about Small Strides, its work and fundraising, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/smallstridescic.
The charity also has a fundraising webpage where donations can be made at http://gogetfunding.com/small-strides-cic/.