Peter Is Odds On Favourite With Working Horses
At this years Grand National the winners will be the working
horses of some of the worlds poorest people, thanks to the
generosity of Sir Peter OSullevan.
At Aintree the veteran race commentator will be donating £25,000
to the Brooke Hospital for Animals, to support its tireless work
giving free veterinary care to working equines in Egypt, Jordan,
India and Pakistan.
Peter, a Brooke Hospital patron who is renowned for his devotion
to horses, raised the money by organising a charity lunch. I
have been accumulating debt to the horse for some 80 years and the
Brooke is the most marvellous means of helping me to discharge it,
he said. It is an incomparable hands on organisation whose
constant work merits infinitely wider recognition.
much-needed donation comes after a dramatic year for the Brooke,
which has pushed its teams of mobile equine hospitals to the limits.
Since March 2001 Brooke veterinary teams in Pakistan have treated
thousands of exhausted, sick and starving horses and donkeys owned
by refugees fleeing Afghanistan, often working round the clock to
help up to 300 animals a day. In January last year Brooke emergency
units treated working equines injured in the Gujarat earthquake
and distributed life-saving fodder to many more.
disasters helped push the number of equine treatments carried out
by Brooke vets to more than a million.
summer Brooke vets went into action amid distressing scenes at the
racecourse in Karachi, Pakistan. The Brooke Hospitals mission
to Karachi was undertaken with the help of a £5,000 donation
from the International League for the Protection of Horses. A financial
dispute at the racecourse had left racehorse owners penniless and
many abandoned their animals at the racecourse in temperatures of
over 50°C with little access to any form of food and water:
by the time Brooke vets arrived 70 had starved to death
were able to save scores more.
Brooke has just learned that one of the racehorses it saved is once
again winning races. Raysham, a bay mare, now fully recovered from
the effects of dehydration and starvation, came first over five-furlongs
Peter says, The story of Raysham is a triumphant testimony
to the work of the Brooke Hospital and shows why it deserves the
support of anyone who loves horses.
Peter will present his cheque to Gerri McHugh, Director of Fundraising
and Communications for the Brooke Hospital for Animals at 12.15pm
this Saturday 6 April in the winners enclosure at Aintree.
Brooke Hospital for Animals, founded in 1934, with headquarters
in London provides free veterinary treatment for the working horses,
donkeys and mules of poor people in Egypt, Jordan, India and Pakistan.
A key part of this work is the education of owners and users in
sound animal management.
clinics consist of a vet, two veterinary nurses or dressers,
and a driver traveling in a van. This contains medical equipment
and a canvas shelter that is erected to provide a shaded treatment