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  1. So I was watching the Invictus Games tonight on the TV and just wanted to tell you about something which caught my eye. 

    Introducing Bravehound...

    Dogs can help heal invisible wounds.


    Bravehound looks to provide companion dogs to veterans and then support the dog and veteran over the dogs’ life.  They try to match suitable veterans with companion dogs and where possible, they willl re-home dogs from an animal welfare charity.  Veterans are supported with pet insurance, feeding and equipment.    

    Dogs are really at providing companionship, and encouraging owners to take exercise and have a routine.  They also make it easier for people to talk to each other.  

    Scottish based Bravehound is the canine wing of Glen Art, and they support former servicemen and women and their families 

    This is really quite a charity and they have already been voted Best Voluntary/Charity Project in the National Lottery Awards.   You can make a donation to help them in their work here. 


  2. There's some amazing work being done by animals all over the world to help people.

    A fantastic example is that of donkeys.   The Donkey Sanctuary donkeys are at work in the UK, Sri Lanka and in Italy helping children through donkey therapy.

    In the Donkey Sanctuary's newsletter this Spring 2017, we heard about the charity's most recent project.

    At the Mannar Assocication for Rehabilitation of Differnently Abled People (MARDAP) in Sri Lanka, children are benefitting from donkey interaction.

    The Director of MARDAP, Sister Josephine, noted that in the beginning a child called Murika was reluctant to interact with other children.  But with the help of the donkeys, that began to improve.  And Murika has shown a great love for animals.  Her bond with the donkeys has changed her from a nervous child to a happy, confident one, with a smiling face and a child who loves coming to school.  A child with hand co-ordination issues was seen grooming a donkey.  

    The children love to hug the donkeys.  They feed, groom and talk to the donkeys.  It all helps to improve their emotional and physical development.  And adults have benefitted too.

    The donkeys have been helped by Bridging Lanka, a charity which works with the large feral donkey population in Sri Lanka.  

    The project brings together children at MARDAP’s school with donkeys helped by Bridging Lanka, a charity which works with the large feral donkey population in Sri Lanka. 


    Bluto, a rescued donkey at the Donkey Sanctuary's Italian centre, sharies many special moments with residents of a nearby care home.  They love spending time with him - and he enjoys his visits to see them.  

    It's wonderful to see the great work so many of these donkeys are doing to help young and old.   Many have been rescued from terrible situations.   There are many ways you can support the Donkey Sanctuary to do their work - find out more here



  3. It's always wonderful to read about schools helping with fundraising towards wildlife and environmental causes.

    Reading through my copy of the excellent "Rainforest Review 2017" from Rainforest Concern, I was really excited to see a number of schools supporting the charity.  

    Cake sales, farmer's markets, a raffle and rainforest calendars were just a few of the ways in which young people raised funds for this charity. 

    The charity reported on 10 schools who did their bit for Rainforest Concern and raised funds - it would be great to see more schools getting involved.

    One young supporter raised a very impressive £553, which saved 11 acres of rainforest!  And Angharad is only eight years old!  She ran 20 km over 4 weeks.   A big well done to her :-) 

    There some great teacher resources for schools on Rainforest Concern's website which you can find here, and there are even Amazonas Comics for the children too!

    It costs £50 to sponsor one acre of rainforest.  If you sponsor an acre, Rainforest Concern will give you a personalised certificate recording your sponsorship and regular updates on their progress.  Your sponsorship will protect many plants and animals who need rainforest to live in.  Click here for more information.