However, his life was soon to take an upwards turn when he was picked up by Sue Pike Equine Animal Rescue (SPEAR), Bespoke Bandages' charity partner for Triple the Warmth 2014. Pumpkin is now a figurehead for SPEAR, entertaining visitors at the charity's open days and helping raise much-needed funds for their ongoing work.
Established in 1996, SPEAR works to provide welfare for elderly or neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and other large animals, who, due to their specialist needs, must remain as permanent residents. One of its main aims is to provide education and wider understanding of the needs of these larger animals.
Alongside horses, ponies and donkeys, SPEAR takes in a whole range of animals and birds, including goats, pigs and chickens. Many of these animals have been rescued from situations of neglect or cruelty, while others are found abandoned by members of the public.
SPEAR works with large animal welfare groups and charities, assisting with their cases should the need arise.
SPEAR raises funds through donations, adoptions and fundraising events, such as its open days. They have been selected as Bespoke Bandages' partner for this year's Triple the Warmth campaign for the amazing work they do in supporting animals not always considered worthy by others. Karen Gray from SPEAR says, "We are thrilled for the support given to us by Bespoke Bandages. Please support their Triple the Warmth campaign as this will also benefit the horses and ponies in nursing care with us."
Triple the Warmth donates £1 from every sale of our winter warmers to SPEAR. Find out more here.
You can find out more about the work of SPEAR on their website or Facebook page.