Flags flying at Charity Store's official launch
Having opened in a blaze of glory just a few weeks earlier, the Easy Horse Care Charity Shop was officially opened last Monday with the cutting of the ribbon by an emotional Sue Weeding, the lady who, along with her husband founded the charity just four years ago and has seen it grow as big as her dreams. "I was just overwhelmed at it and all the work the team have done here. The day has been a huge success with customers and well wishers coming through the doors leaving donations and I cannot believe the amount of people that have turned up."
For Sue it was an extra special day as it is the first time she had seen the store since initially spotting its potential as Easy Horse Care's fourth charity shop a few months earlier. Having signed the contracts and got volunteer Vicky in to manage the unit's transformation Sue had to undergo surgery in Torrevieja Hospital and has been out of action for several weeks.
"They delayed the opening for me to be able to attend and it has been wonderful," says Sue, "It really has been an emotional day and the volunteers and helpers have just been out in force since I had my operation and I cannot thank them enough for what they have done here in La Zenia and at the other shops in Quesada, La Siesta and Los Montesinos and at the Centre itself."
With special guest Taffeta charming the guests in her usual way and Sunshine FM DJ Simon Morton getting the party started, it was a fun filled afternoon with people able to purchase some bargains from the store, win great prizes in the raffle and even name the shop's horse mascot.
"We have been overwhelmed since we opened and now have 19 volunteers ranging in age from 13 to 70," says manageress Vicky. "They have worked non-stop and we have had so much stock being sold."
Due to the size of the shop, which is situated in Centro Commercial Zeniamar in Calle Maestro Torralba, donations of furniture can now be accepted and house clearances carried out and furniture has been flying out the window at record speed. "The shop is busy every day and there are some great bargains but we constantly need items to be donated, anything from furniture and white goods to the usual clothes and bric a brac. We do have a man with a van also so we can collect."
Sue continued, "It was around this time 4 years ago that we first found Lucero and we developed the Rescue Centre and when I stand here looking at all of this it is simply amazing, but is just the start of our commitment to develop a lasting legacy of horse and donkey welfare and rescue in Spain. But just like the large animal organisations in the UK, we all start from small seeds." If you would like to donate an item or can spare a few hours to volunteer your time at the La Zenia store or any of the other three, please contact Vicky directly on 636 062 000. The new La Zenia store is currently open from Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and Saturdays from 10am-2pm.
The day was the culmination of a successful weekend for Easy Horse Care who, on Sunday held the first of their summer music programme as part of their open days.
Cathy Carson and TAABS kicked off the proceedings and entertained the crowds in what was a "very special day at the Centre." Sue said, "They did a brilliant show and everyone loved it and we welcome new acts throughout the summer." Members of Company Women kindly volunteered for the day getting down and dirty and there was also the opportunity to try out scuba diving in the pool for just 10€ and all proceeds from Sunday are going on a new project – grass! "Since our beloved Faith has been in Barcelona receiving treatment and getting used to her artificial leg she has been going out to pasture every day and is enjoying large grassy fields."
Sue continues, "Faith is due to return to us here at the end of the summer along with Cookie who is also there currently and we think having got used to grass in Barcelona it would be a bit sad for her to be able to continue that so we are going to turf the memorial garden area and all money from Sunday will go towards that."