WE DESPERATELY NEED YOUR HELP, PATIENCE, AND UNDERSTANDING PLEASE!!
The picture above is our incoming area for donations in our sorting shed.
This picture was taken on our Sale Day this Sunday just gone, and as you can see, despite our volunteers coming in almost every day, we are absolutely overflowing with donations!! Not only is the incoming area overflowing, but the sorting area at the back of the shed was piled up too which made it incredibly awkward and very difficult to get out the tables and trays of goods that went on sale on the stalls outside, not to mention rather hazardous!! Normally only sorted items are allowed in the back sorting area so we can get to all the items that are ready to go in the shops.
The main items that are blocking our incoming area are TOYS, DVD’S, CD’S, HARD BACK BOOKS, AND LARGE ITEMS. The large items have to be left outside, which in this weather is absolutely NOT suitable as they get wet, damp, and very muddy. Obviously then no one wants to buy them and a they end up in the skip, which costs us over £300 every 4/5 weeks to have emptied.
We are asking our supporters to please, please, hang on to all these items for 4 or 5 weeks so that we can get to the bottom of the pile and organise some more space.
We get some amazing donations as you know, and it’s heartbreaking to see some of them get damaged or wet etc. We can take a few bags and boxes at a time, but van and car fulls are difficult to find room for just at this moment.
If you are not sure what we can and can’t take at the moment please just call me on 07710 535049, and in the meantime we have several teams of volunteers that are waiting to clear and organise the backlog as quickly as possible.
It’s your donations that keep Foal Farm going, and give the animals everything they need while they are here, and we really appreciate your generosity and help.Thank you all very much.
PLEASE NOTE If you have more than 3 or 4 bags of donated items, it is important that you phone ahead to make an appointment. We cannot accept large donations without an appointment, as we need to ensure we have space for the items, and a team to sort through them.
If you have any questions or would like to book an appointment, you can call Jackie on 07710 535049.
You would be surprised what we can make use of at Foal Farm!
In our charity shop we sell second hand clothes, shoes, jewellery, toys, unused toiletry gifts, books and small household items.
If you have something that you no longer have a place for, maybe some bric-a-brac, something old, collectable, unusual, and of course in good condition for its age, with few cracks or chips, then we can sell it in our Emporium.
We also make good use of items such as dog coats, grooming equipment, horse rugs, towels, newspapers, shredded paper (long shreds), blankets, single non-feathered duvets, cleaning equipment and anything else we can make direct use of in our day to day work with the animals.
Items need to be clean and in good condition and you can drop them off at the Foal Farm office in our opening hours of 9am to 5pm every day, except Tuesdays.
Items we cannot accept; Left over boot sale items, large furniture, Computers Printers, TVs, Large Stereos, VHS Cassettes, Pushchairs, Child car seats, Baby bouncers, Cycle helmets, Motorbike helmets, Horse riding hats, Broken electrical items, Cracked china, Odd kitchen items (not in a set), Broken or incomplete toys, Large hardback books, Magazines, Used cosmetics, Suitcases, Holdall bags, Bed linen, Faded or torn clothing.
Thank you so much for your support and generosity. All money raised from donations foes directly towards the upkeep of the animals at Foal Farm.
Foal has an “eBay for charity” account – and you can help!
An “eBay for Charity” account means we can sell items on eBay to raise money for the animals, and promote Foal Farm and the work we are doing to a worldwide audience. eBay charges special charity rates to registered charities who are selling items to raise money, but that’s not all!
Every person or company that sells on eBay is able to donate a percentage of the profit on their sale item to one of the charities on the list. Each time an item is for sale with all, or part of the proceeds going to a charity, a little blue and white bow appears next to the item description, and when you click on to view the item, there will be the charity’s mission statement explaining the work they do.
If you sell on eBay, you can help Foal by donating part of your profits to Foal Farm. Just go into the Charity Listings and search for Foal Farm. Or you can check out Foal’s items for sale. Our eBay user name is foalanimals. Maybe there is something we are selling that you would like to buy, or you can add to your own collection. You can save on the postage costs by collecting direct from Foal.
Alternatively, you can donate an item to Foal that we can sell ourselves. Bring it along to the Foal Farm Office making sure you put a label on it to say it may be suitable for eBay, and the office staff will make sure it goes to the right person.
Selling on eBay not only helps you to raise money. You can “recycle” unwanted items from your home removing clutter, and it is also quite exciting, as you never know how much your item will raise until the very last minute of the auction. If you are able to help the animals at Foal Farm at the same time, your help and support will be truly appreciated.