The True Spirit of Christmas

Lia Bailey-Wilkinson at HorseWorld last yearGenerosity is the true spirit of Christmas and HorseWorld, an Animal Charity based in
Bristol, has recently been touched by the wonderful generosity of one of their youngest
supporters, ten year old Lia Bailey-Wilkinson. After hearing that HorseWorld had been the
victim of a callous burglary Lia donated all of her pocket money to help the charity feed its
rescued horses, ponies and donkeys this Christmas.

The Charity had just finished celebrating its Carol Service, a free event which it hosts every
year as a thank you to the local community for their dedicated support throughout the year
when tragedy struck. That evening HorseWorld’s offices were broken into and ransacked
and all of the funds raised from the Carol Service were stolen.

Staff at HorseWorld were absolutely devastated by the burglary as it couldn’t have come at
a worse time for the Charity which is struggling to cope with rising feed bills. This winter hay
has virtually doubled in price to almost £6 a bale and the money stolen would have fed over
150 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys for a month. In a bid to try and cover its food bills
HorseWorld launched a burglary response fund and has been touched by the generosity of
supporters who have leapt into action to try and raise the funds needed to feed the hungry

Ten year old Lia has always loved horses and has been a dedicated supporter of HorseWorld
for sometime now explains Lia’s Mother Carrie-Anne Wilkinson; “Lia has always wanted a
horse of her own and adopting Apache at HorseWorld was the "next best thing", and Lia
was proud that she was doing something to help at the same time! Lia was so shocked
about the break-in, we all were. As soon as she heard the sad news Lia emptied out her
money box and put all the money in an envelope to send to HorseWorld. I said it would cost
her a lot to send it in the post so we were going to pay a visit to HorseWorld so that she
could donate the money there. I thought it was a really lovely thing for her to do!”

Everyone at HorseWorld was overwhelmed when they heard about Lia’s generosity; “My
emotions are getting very chocked when people give us money following this terrible
burglary” said Mark Owen, HorseWorld’s Managing Director. “Perhaps it is because these
are acts of human kindness that I had not anticipated, but for the one villain out there –
there are many many more good people to compensate. Lia really is a wonderful example of
Christmas spirit and I'd like to say how uplifting the response has been to all the staff who
work every day with the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys at HorseWorld”.

Kind donations, such as those made by Lia, are absolutely vital to HorseWorld which relies
solely on the generosity of its supporters to be able to continue its work rescuing,
rehabilitating and re-homing abandoned, mistreated and neglected horses, ponies and
donkeys in need. If you would like to help HorseWorld this Christmas by contributing to the
Burglary Response fund please visit
or call the Fundraising Team on 01275 893033.

Article by: Elizabeth Goddard

Posted on: 13th December 2010