THE head of an animal welfare charity has praised the people of Melksham for giving generously to their efforts to save the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable working horses, donkeys and mules.

Petra Ingram, the chief executive of London-based Brooke’s, and the charity’s 14-year-old miniature Shetland Mini Fat Pony, met up with Roger Challoner Green from Trowbridge, one of the charity’s longest-serving fundraisers, to raise £193.69 from a street collection in Melksham town centre.

Afterwards, Petra said: “Mini Fat Pony and I had such a lovely day meeting Roger and the local Melksham community. I’m so grateful to everyone who came to chat and find out more about Brooke. MFP certainly loved all the attention!

“We’re especially thankful to everyone who generously donated on the day and helped us raise such a fantastic amount. Without our wonderful volunteers and supporters Brooke would not be able to continue its vital work improving the lives of millions of working horses, donkeys and mules in the developing world.”

Mini Fat Pony, the charity’s motivational and education officer, is used by the charity to attract members of the public to come and say hello and hear more about its work worldwide.

Ms Ingram added: “Brooke relies on the generosity of our volunteers and donations to fund our work. The money we collect will help us continue to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable working horses, donkeys and mules and the people who depend on them.”

Operating in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, Brooke reaches over two million working horses, donkeys and mules – more than any other organisation.

The international charity employs around 900 staff worldwide, including vets, animal welfare experts and development specialists.