Leading horse charity World Horse Welfare is celebrating the 30th annual volunteer week and thanking the 400 people across the UK who help horses in need.

The volunteers at the charity range in ages from 14 to 80 and help in a number of different roles such as caring for the many horses across the charity’s four Rescue and Rehoming Centres in the UK and serving visitors tea and cake inside the coffee shops, to gardening or lending a hand at fundraising events.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers says: “We are so fortunate to have a team of more than 400 volunteers who support our work across the charity. Whilst we never forget the precious time they give, national Volunteers’ Week is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate the huge contribution our volunteers make.

“During this week, we recognise each and every volunteer by thanking them for their kindness, commitment and the significant value that they bring, most importantly to our horses.”

Archie Young (pictured) is in his sixties, from Attleborough in Norfolk, and has been volunteering with World Horse Welfare for over a year now – he’s already tried his hand at most things: “There’s so much you can get involved in when volunteering for a charity. I help drive the tractor-trailer rides for the kids at the farm, I help keep the grounds neat by tending to the fields and gardens and I even help at head office with the communications and fundraising teams,” says Archie.

“Every week I’m doing something different so I get to see all aspects of the charity. Most refreshingly though, I am giving something back to the team that devote their lives to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses.”

Heather Parker, who lives in Hethersett, is an all-rounder and has been with the charity as a volunteer for over seven years: “I help the fundraising team with all things admin –  I undertake research, stuff envelopes with outgoing mail, scan documents and just assist with anything that needs doing really. My main enjoyment comes from working with the team – we all get along really well and have fun while we get our jobs done, I couldn’t imagine life without my one day a week with the team now!”

World Horse Welfare is appealing for the following volunteers:

Green-fingered volunteers – donate your time to tending pots and hanging baskets, and keeping the green spaces around the visitor centre and head office tidy at Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Norfolk.

Communications – assist the fast-paced hub of all things print, digital and press with administrative duties, press assistance and so much more.

Campaigns – computer literate individuals can assist the campaigns team with data input, research and admin.

Fundraising – get involved in the day-to-day running of the charity’s fundraising. There are plenty of exciting events that you can be a part of like the charity’s annual Polo Day coming up this July. Here you will get to see the semi-final of the Phoenician cup (12-goal polo match) at Windsor Great Park while helping the charity with the raffle and auction.

International – join the overseas team in the Norfolk office and help with admin for international programmes and upcoming events.

Across the four Rescue and Rehoming Centres – all four centres are always looking for dedicated individuals who are willing to help the teams with day-to-day duties. Experience the beauty of Belwade Farm in Aboyne; the much-loved horsey attraction, Penny Farm in Blackpool or the sceneries at Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset by becoming a truly valued volunteer.

To find out more about volunteering and the opportunities with World Horse Welfare please call Sheri on 01953 497200 or emailsherifrearson@worldhorsewelfare.org