Charity Year from 11th Sept 2019 to 10th Sept 2020
The 3 R’s is our motivation & passion. We couldn’t do it without the help and support of this very special bunch of people that have came together to make it what it is today… thank you one and all. G & S 2020
For what we thought would be a very difficult year for rehoming horses, it has proved otherwise and surprised us all. We have had to change our rehoming Terms & Conditions to reflect the fact that we weren’t able to carry our home checks due to restrictions. We have worked with references and contacts we have already have in the areas concerned. We hope to have our ‘Home checks’ back in place as soon as the restrictions allow.
On the 10th September 2020 we had 53 beautiful horses in our care, on the 23rd March (when Lockdown was announced) we had exactly 100! Thankfully this happened just as most of the horses were no longer being fed hay or hard feed and all were turned away to grazing.
We took in 32 horses throughout this year and rehomed 34. An exceptional achievement I would say this year.
Once again this year our Volunteers have excelled themselves with their fundraising activities and have raised the amazing sum of over £12000.
These activities have help raise the profile of the Centre and generated nearly £4500 of Public donations.
We must thank Stuart Gillespie from the Galloway News, Keith Kirk, photographer and Dumfries & Galloway Life Magazine for helping publicize any events we have done.
This year fundraising highlights have been;
We held our Pesky Blinders Roon the Watter on the 12th Oct 2019, a beautiful day with about 20 horses taking part and raising over £800.
At the end of October, Halloween came to The 3 R’s. We held a spooky tour with our team playing parts throughout the tour and what great afternoon we had setting it up and even better evening scarying the wits out of our visitors as they followed the direction of Mystic Meg. The night raised £174.00.
In November we took part in the Remembrance Sunday service in Kirkcudbright. We took some of the horses and volunteers into Kirkcudbright to join the Remembrance Sunday service and laid our own purple wreath at the memorial. We all felt very privileged at being invited to take part.
1st Dec was The Race Night organized by David & Karen, held in the Bowling Club. Peaky Blinders fancy dress. What a great fun night with everyone joining in with the fancy dress and raised over £1000 on the night and through local businesses sponsoring races.
Our Snowman drive held in the Bowling Club raised over £600 and great fun had by all.
COVID saw us having to cancel our Tack sale and stop all visitors to the centre.
Regan McKie, one of our younger volunteers, got in touch with a local sawmill and asked if they could supply us with shavings for the stables. They agreed and we now are able to go and collect as much as we can pack whenever we need it and costs are negligent therefore saves the centre a small fortune over the year… well done Regan.
In Feb, our local Spar in Gatehouse, kindly donated all their unsold Costa Xmas cups to the centre bringing a smile to our volunteers faces… thank you Spar.
The decision was made in March to open our very own charity shop in Castle Douglas and we took over the premises 197 King Street. Chris and Victoria are in charge of this project and they have worked tirelessly to get the shop set up. Sadly due to lockdown happening at the end of March the shop had to be put on hold and all work stopped.
On the 17th March the decision was made to Close the centre to visitors and volunteers due to Government guidelines on the Coronavirus. The only people with access to the centre is Gordon and myself until further notice.
Also we were lucky enough to be part of the ‘Tesco Blue Coin’ collection in their Kirkcudbright store we were winning and on track to receive £2000 when ‘Lockdown’ happened and stopped the collection early. All was not lost as Tesco decided to split the total winnings by the 3 entrants and we received £1166.00.
We enforced a strict lockdown, no visitors and very restricted access to selected volunteers. During this time maintenance was carried out on the fields and stables, making a noticeable difference to the yard.
Sadly we had to cancel our annual Spring Tack Sale due to COVID.
I class this period of time from the end of March until June. At this point we have limited volunteers and no visitors to the centre.
When restrictions were eased in June we started a rehoming campaign that just took off. We made videos of the horses and ponies available and used our social media to advertise that we were taking appointments for viewings. In June alone we found new homes for 22
of our residents and from Sept 2019 to Sept 2020 our total was 34, another great year for The 3 R’s raising £4500 in rehoming donations.
The committee and volunteers decided to turn things around and take the 3 R’s to the people. We did 3 days ‘Out and About’. The 1st was in Kirkcudbright where we did a tour round the town before visiting Merse House, the old folks home, where we were made very welcome and received a box of carrots for the horses. The following week was Dalbeattie where after a tour round we visited Alma House Old People’s Home.
We visited Castle Douglas on the 1st August and this coincided with the much delayed opening of our first Charity Shop. Our wee Lola even managed a tour of the shop (without breaking anything too). We then visited Carlingwark House, old people’s home and met with a very warm welcome and once again met the most interesting people.
Our tours of the towns and the publicity generated by Stuart Gillespie of The Galloway News, generated over £900 in donations from the public. What a great idea Team.
Having no visitors to the centre has given us more time to work with the horses and we have been out around the area, taking the horses to meet the public and been on a few beautiful hacks.
We finished our Fundraising Year with the biggest and the best ‘ROON THE WATTER’, Tartan style. It couldn’t have worked out better, a beautiful day and we were stunned by the turnout. Trace and Track and Social Distancing measures were put in place, we had ‘The boys’ driving the escort vehicles provided by Kevin Thornhill’s Garage in Dalbeattie, front and behind. When the funds were totaled it amounted to £1730!!. Keith Kirk took some fab photos and Dumfries and Galloway Life Magazine featured them in the October edition.