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Vetericyn Sponsors 4,000 Mile Road Trip


The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust announced that it has teamed up with veterinary supply brand Vetericyn and two Suffolk-based vets, Pat Sells and Laura Heaps, to deliver essential medical aid and supplies to the charity’s clinic in Sambel Kunda, Gambia. In addition to transporting supplies, the 4X4 truck driven as part of the Vetericyn Veterinary Mission to Gambia will also be donated to the clinic. Sells and Heaps plan to begin their gruelling 4,000 mile journey at the end of October.

“The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is changing the lives and futures of untold numbers of animals and their owners in Western Africa. Our goal in sponsoring the trip and donating Vetericyn products is to help the Trust save animals who may have otherwise died from wounds and infections. We couldn’t be more impressed by the selfless work of this group, and are proud to support them,” said Brian Costigan of Vetericyn.

“Every year horses and donkeys die needlessly from disease and neglect,” explained Mr Sells. “The scale of the animal welfare problem is staggering. 95% of the world’s veterinary care focuses on just 5% of the world’s animals and livestock! There are over 100 million equines (horses, donkeys, mules) in the developing world – a figure that I can’t quite comprehend – the vast majority of these without any access to veterinary care, and under the constant threat of fatal infectious diseases. It’s time we tried to balance this inequality and make a difference! With the help of sponsors such as Vetericyn, along with a number of others we will be able to do just that.”

The charities co-founder Heather Armstrong thanked all the people and firms which have supported the charity so far but stressed that the work never stops.

“We want to thank all our supporters. Those such as Vetericyn which have donated money and veterinary supplies, vets such as Patrick and Laura who have donated their time and skill and all the people who have rallied round to help us so far. There is still so much more which needs to be done but with ongoing support we are going to be continue making a huge impact on the lives of not just the animals but also the people who own them, the farmers who rely on them to carry supplies and the families who desperately need them to survive in so many ways. Every bit of help is going to not just ensuring the horses and donkeys are fed and treated but that local residents learn how to continue looking after them for the rest of their lives.”

Mr Sells also voiced his gratitude to everybody who has helped make the trip possible: “There are so many people we need to thank for making this mission finally happen. Vetericyn for supplying much needed veterinary supplies and the money towards the vehicle, of course, but also those who have all thrown their support behind us such as Audevard, Mitchell Skoda, The Open College of Equine Studies, Tutavet, Virbac, Elanco, Hallmarq and all those people who have dug deep into their pockets and donated what they could.”

Mr Sells added: “The work doesn’t stop here though and we are always in need of the kindness of strangers to donate whatever they are able to ensure that Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust can continue helping people for many years to come. So please visit and give whatever you are able.” Pat and Laura will be keeping people up-to-date on their marathon mission at

  • page will be live Wednesday October 6th

  • The charity was formed 10 years ago by Heather Armstrong and her sister Stella, Stella died in 2008. 

  • 4,000 is needed to purchase the 4×4 with additional funds necessary to fund the trip

  • Anthony Head, Sarah Fisher, Pippa Funnell and Elliman Secka are all patrons of the charity.

  • Information on sponsorship can be found at

  • The vehicle itself is a B2500 Mazda twin cab pickup, 2006 model.

  • Laura and Pat will also be keeping a video/text blog of their journey- further details to be confirmed.

  • Vetericyn is the worlds leading non toxic, immediate acting wound and skin care for all animals. Uniquely, Vetericyn works by mimicking a healthy immune systems response to wounds and infections. Further information can be found at

  • Further information on the charity can be found at


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