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St Hilary's School gives sanctuary to Mane Chance for the afternoon


Pupils of St Hilary’s School in Godalming were treated to a visit from Mane Chance Sanctuary on Friday. The independent Prep school and Nursery is supporting the charity this year, which rescues and rehabilitates old, abused and abandoned horses. All the pupils had an opportunity to get close to the horses and find out more about them; from the youngest in Nursery aged 2 years old to the Year 6 pupils aged 11 years old.

Actress Jenny Seagrove set up the charity in 2011, which is based at a 47 acre site in nearby Compton. As a former pupil and keen supporter of the School, Jenny and her team came with three rescued Shetland ponies, Grimbo, Daisy and Mr Smith. In the morning, Mane Chance gave a talk to the children so they could understand more about the charity they are supporting as well as learning to have due regard for animals.

Headmistress, Mrs Jane Whittingham comments, “We were thrilled when Mane Chance Sanctuary suggested a visit as it is a great opportunity for the children to learn about building trust, calmness and mindfulness practice. It links closely with the value of empathy, known as Sawubona to the boys and girls, which is encouraged and acknowledged at school. We believe that Jenny and her team do an amazing job and we are very happy to support them and the charity’s aim to integrate the horses with the local community.”

Published: June 11 2015

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