The Queen pushes Strangles appeal closer to target with Christmas donation (UK)

Cross-posted from Horsemart UK

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attends Christmas Services at Sandringham, Norfolk 2008. Image by Zimbio.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II attends Christmas Services at Sandringham, Norfolk 2008. Her Majesty sent a cheque to the BHS, of which she has been Patron for more than 60 years, to help the charities fight the terrible disease that attacks horses called Strangles. Image by Zimbio.

Her Majesty The Queen has made a personal donation to The British Horse Society and The Animal Health Trust’s Strangles Appeal for the second year running.

Her Majesty sent a cheque to the BHS, of which she has been Patron for more than 60 years, to help the charities fight the terrible disease that attacks horses. The generous gift, from the Privy Purse Charitable Trust, couldn’t be better timed, as the campaign makes a final push to reach its £250,000 target.

The Queen has taken a personal interest in the ‘Breaking the Strangles hold’ campaign, a joint initiative between The British Horse Society and the Animal Health Trust, and keeps a close eye on efforts to combat the disease. Significant progress has been made this year with the introduction of a blood test to screen for the disease prior to competitions, sales or movement. The test identifies horses that have recently been exposed to the disease, enabling the number and seriousness of outbreaks to be reduced. There is still a long way to go, however, and the rest of the money is needed to help create and produce a vaccine to eradicate Strangles for good.

BHS Chairman Patrick Print said: “We are very grateful to our Patron The Queen for her most generous gift, which will help fund research to find a fully effective vaccine against Strangles. I have no doubt Her Majesty’s example will encourage other horse lovers to give to this worthy cause.”

Anyone can donate to the Strangles Appeal by posting a cheque to Strangles Appeal, Animal Health Trust, FREEPOST CB360, Lanwades Park, Kentford, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7BR or phoning the AHT to make a donation by credit card or direct debit on 08700 502830. HorseMart.co.uk >>

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