We now have places available for Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March


We have had an amazing response to our wet weather appeal, which you can watch below and the donations are still coming in. But a lot of people have offered to volunteer their time and have asked if there are practical ways in which they can help too. 

Our Estate Manager, Sharon Forbes has a plan to raise the sides of our main lake using two extra layers of concrete and ballast filled sandbags. This will allow it to hold 25% more water than at present and reduce the likelihood of it bursting its banks in future and flooding the rest of the site.

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th March we will be holding a volunteering day at the centre and there are lots of ways you can help. You can register to come along here or for more information call 01825 840747. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

Some of the jobs on the day will be:
• Help fill the sandbags
• Help lay the sandbags
• Supervise the cement mixer
• Help with teas and coffees
• General cleaning and tidying
• Donate bags of cement and ballast – Please drop these off at the centre whenever you’re able to ahead of the volunteering day



Every day recently on the news we see the heartbreaking images of homes, families, farm and livestock in terrible conditions because of the rain, high winds and flooding.

Closer to home, here at Raystede, the bad weather is now having a severe impact on us and the birds and animals in our care.

Below are just a few of the problems caused:

1)      Water pump going 24/7 to prevent our equine barn and stables from flooding

2)      Huge increase in food bill for donkeys, ponies and horses as our fields are waterlogged

3)      Ex battery and barn hens evacuated from sanctuary for first time in 20 years due to flooding

4)      Temporary buildings put up to shelter the hens

5)      High numbers of fallen trees damaging fences and enclosures

6)      Pathways washed away around lakes and buildings damaged which will cost thousands of pounds to repair

7)      Huge drop in visitor numbers seeing income fall and impacting on rehoming

With costs spiralling and income falling, we really need your help. We estimate the cost of this wet weather emergency is already at £10,000 and with extra feed likely to be needed and increasing in price, it’s likely to be far higher as time goes on.

We are so grateful for all that you already do, but if you can, please click here to make a gift today to help Raystede through this difficult time.

Your partner in animal welfare

 Nigel Mason

Chief Executive


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