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Riding to the rescue

PUBLISHED: 10:00 19 February 2016

Could you be a horse hero?

Could you be a horse hero?

(c) Thomas Northcut

The British Horse Society is the UK’s leading equine charity and its army of volunteers dedicate their time to upholding its aims. The BHS Hertfordshire committee is looking for new recruits to continue the work, it writes

British Horse Society volunteers make a difference through the fantastic social and educational events they organise, the campaigning of safety officers and the dedication of welfare officers. But you don’t have to be horsey – BHS local committees need treasurers with financial skills and communications officers with a talent for wordsmithing and social media. So, why don’t you get involved, make a difference and have fun in Hertfordshire?

The charity’s annual volunteer survey shows that volunteering is not just about making a difference to horses, but people too – including the volunteers. The last survey showed that 87 per cent of BHS volunteers are happy and 83 per cent would recommend volunteering with the society.

The BHS Hertfordshire committee is a hard-working team and has had a huge number of successes in 2015. Phil Wadey, historic research adviser, gives his time to saving access routes before the 2026 rights-of-way deadline. His dedication earned him recognition at the prestigious British Horse Society Annual Awards in November. Wadey believes recognition of volunteer work is hugely important. He said, ‘We can use the recognition to promote the cause even more, so we can say a national body values the work so much there is an award to those that have been working hard in it.’

There were also long-service awards for two more Hertfordshire volunteers, Peter Natt and Peter Hern, who between them have volunteered for an astonishing 65 years.

There are currently two vacancies on the Hertfordshire committee: treasurer and access and bridleways officer.

The BHS always needs extra pairs of hands at its events, so if you feel you can spare just a small amount of your time the society would love to hear from you. If you want to be part of the amazing team in Hertfordshire – or anywhere else within the UK – visit the ‘get involved’ pages on the British Horse Society website, or call 02476 840479 to speak to BHS volunteer manager Lisa Cowley.

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