The charity Mane Chance Sanctuary is celebrating a significant £50,000 boost to its income thanks to The People’s Projects – a collaboration of The National Lottery Community Fund and ITV. 

Public voting on the campaign over recent weeks was a resounding yes for Mane Chance and the news was announced at the Sanctuary earlier today, much to the delight of actress Jenny Seagrove, the founding trustee of the charity.

Set in 67 acres of rolling countryside in Compton, just south of Guildford in the Surrey Hills, Mane Chance Sanctuary is home to 31 rescued horses and it also provides a vital stress management resource to the local community, through its programme Chance2Be, improving the lives of many young people. The ground-breaking success of Chance2Be is underpinned by the rehabilitation of the herd who are gently encouraged to learn to trust humans again and to work with visitors from the local community, who benefit from the peace and confidence they get by spending time with these horses.

Chance2Be was announced as a winner of the national campaign. The £50,000 donation means that Mane Chance can now purchase a much-needed minibus, enabling the team to offer transport to members of the local community who, otherwise, couldn’t reach them. It will also enable the funding of Chance2Be for the rest of the year, helping 90 children from local schools.

Chance 2Be is a structured course of mindfulness-based activities, with the horses at its heart and is delivered to groups of children with mental health issues from local schools and pupil referral units. It gives them the tools to cope with some of life’s ups and downs, including anxiety, bullying, self –harming and depression.

Founding Trustee Jenny Seagrove was at the sanctuary to receive the news and explains the significance of the donation:

“I am so thrilled. We are a small charity with a big heart and we are so grateful to everyone who has voted for us to make this life-changing donation happen. Our short-term plans are now boosted by the donation and we can help more young people with mental health issues. Thank you so much from all of us”.

Mane Chance Sanctuary was founded in 2011 and is home to 31 rescued horses. Members of the local community are welcome to spend quality time with the horses, dog and ten rescued hens, away from the stresses and pressures of daily life. The charity relies heavily on the help of local volunteers and is always willing to hear from people interested in helping out.

Contact details: abi@manechancesanctuary.org – 01483 351526