“A legacy is not about what you did while you were there it is what happens when you are gone”
It’s a scary thought but over 80% of HAPPA’s annual income comes from legacies. Without this money HAPPA would very soon cease to exist and this fact worries us a lot.
Talking about legacies and will making in general can sometimes feel a little uncomfortable, after all, the subject matter skirts around death and dying and is often associated with pain and loss and these are not easy things to talk about positively. There are nicely packaged campaigns that we can use, sensitive wording, information we can offer to assist you in making your will and including a bequest to HAPPA, however, after assessing the best way to approach you, we have decided that honesty is the very best option, so here goes…
It really is as simple as that – no frills, no flowers. Whether your contribution is considerable or modest, every penny makes a difference.
HAPPA receives no state or lottery funding and as already mentioned, legacies account for a major percentage of our annual income. The remainder comes from small grants, donations, fundraising activities and trading.
We’re actively seeking to increase our trading activities by improving our visitor facilities at Shores Hey Farm, by offering facility hire, by providing educational and training opportunities and upgrading our farm shop, gift shop and tack shop but we will always rely heavily on legacies and we need to do more to ensure that this vital source of income does not reduce in the years to come.
There are many good reasons but we think that the most important is that we use your money to make things better for horses, ponies and donkeys, we teach people what horses need, how to give them the best possible quality of life sometimes, when things don’t go well, we intervene and prevent cruelty and suffering.
We have a unique approach to equine welfare and believe that rescue is just the first step in the journey for horses, ponies and donkeys. We invest lots of money, time and effort in rehabilitating every animal, assessing their needs, teaching them good manners, devising suitable schooling programmes and basically doing everything we can to give each equine the best opportunity of a Second Chance in a Forever Home. We also do everything we can to find the right home for every animal, whether as a companion or a horse that will be ridden and then ensure its care and welfare for its entire lifetime by visiting every animal twice each year.
By changing how we do things, we are caring for more animals than ever before, rehoming more animals than ever before and really earning our position of leading the field in equine welfare.