There are many ways to get involved with the Trust's work. Whether you would like to volunteer some time and help check the ponies, get more hands-on with our work-party or simply make a financial contribution, we'd love to hear from you. If you don't find all the information you need here please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust needs your support to help fund our important work conserving the Sussex countryside. We are very grateful for any amount you can give.
It's easy to donate online. Just click on the BT mydonate button below and it will take you straight through to a quick and secure way to pledge. You can add GiftAid at no extra cost.
If you would prefer to make a postal donation please make a cheque payable to The Sussex Pony Grazing and Conservation Trust and send it to the address below:
To set-up a regular payment, fill out the Standing order mandate form and return it to your bank.
If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your donation can be increased by the tax office at no cost to you subject to you providing written authority. Please fill out the Gift Aid Form and return it with your donation.
If you are entitled to a tax rebate, you might wish to consider donating. To donate all or part of your tax rebate to this charity please enter the following code in your tax return: SAR96VG
We welcome practical assistance from anyone interested in helping to maintain the aims of the Trust.
Most of our volunteers are Lookers, who take turns to visit the ponies on their grazing sites, usually just one day each month, to check:
We encourage people to sign-up for sites that are close-by to where they live to keep travel to a minimum. There are no special requirements for the role, beyond being able and willing to go out on sometimes rough terrain and whatever the weather. We give all Lookers a short training session before they start to familiarise them with Exmoor ponies and their welfare requirements. Lookers duties are set out in a rota for three month intervals by the Grazing Co-ordinator, with whom they can make telephone contact should a problem arise.
Help is also needed from fit, active people when rounding up the herds prior to transfer to another site.
For enquiries concerning lookering or practical help, please contact the Grazing Co-ordinator by email at: email@example.com or by phone on: 07917420296.
Other volunteers are responsible for administrative, financial or publicity tasks. At present we are particularly keen to hear from anyone with fundraising expertise. If you think you might be able to help please contact the secretary (details below).
If you do not wish to get involved as a volunteer you can still support the Trust by becoming a member. As a member you have a right to vote at the Annual General Meeting. You will receive our regular newsletter and be kept up-to-date will all the Trust's activities. To join, please fill out this Membership form and return it to the address below.
For membership and general enquiries please contact the Secretary at:
Telephone: (+44) 01580 714591
Charity number 1108065
Banner photo © Bob Kennedy
Looking for Committee Members
Could you help our charity by becoming a member of our Committee?
It's not just the many volunteers that lend practical help with the ponies that keeps the Trust running smoothly, there's a lot more that goes on behind the scenes. We are always keen to hear from anyone who might have relevant skills or experience that could benefit our organisation.
We are currently looking for a new Chairperson to oversee the running of the Committee and the Trust and a Treasurer to manage our accounts. If you think you might be able to help or would like to find out more, please contact our secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Where your money goes
Whilst grazing payments cover the day-to-day running costs of the Trust, charitable grants and donations are vital in providing for all other necessary expenses, critical to the existence and sustainability of our organisation.
Your donations have assisted greatly in helping us to cover:
A very big thank-you for all your support.
A good 'Looker'
The term 'Looker' comes from Old English and literally means 'one who watches over'. It was historically used to to describe a shepherd or herdsperson and there are references to it's use in nearby Pevensey Levels. Whilst the animals and circumstances may be slightly different, it is a geographically appropriate term and aptly describes the role our volunteers fulfil.
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