Moving Film Released 10 Years After Amersham Rescue



‘Moving’ film released 10 years after Amersham rescue
7th February 2018

By Karen Pickwick
Elsie gave birth to Tinkerbell in the safety of Redwings two months after her rescue
Redwings Horse Sanctuary has released a moving film depicting the story of the Amersham rescue survivors. 
In January 2008, Redwings helped to rescue nearly 100 horses, ponies and donkeys found living in horrific conditions at Spindle Farm, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.
The animals were discovered in varying states of emaciation, covered in lice and suffering from overgrown feet. The carcasses of more than 30 horses and donkeys, who had succumbed to illness or injury before their plight was uncovered, lay around them.
In the months and years that followed, Redwings offered a safe forever home to 60 horses and donkeys from Spindle Farm, as well as six foals born to rescued mares.  Today, 58 are still enjoying their new lives at the Sanctuary or in loving homes as part of the charity’s rehoming programme.
To mark 10 years since the momentous rescue, Redwings has released a short film telling the story of the survivors and sharing memories from staff who were there on the day.
Lynn Cutress, Redwings’ chief executive, said: “It was very moving to think back to the rescue, to recall the sight of these terribly ill and sad animals arriving at Redwings, and then to reflect on today when so many of them are enjoying wonderfully happy and healthy lives here at the Sanctuary or in Guardian homes.
“I’m always amazed by the efforts Redwings’ staff put into caring for our residents every day, but they deserve special thanks for how they managed to turn around the lives of our Amersham survivors and I hope this short film goes some way to show the incredible care and love they’ve given these horses and donkeys over the last decade.”
Redwings, which is a charity 100% funded by donations from the public, has launched an Amersham 10 fund to raise money towards the care of the Amersham survivors for the next 10 years.
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Redwings horsebox driver Alan Grant and Amersham survivors Martha and Esther