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Wellgate Farm appeals for help to fund medication for Dingle the Shetland Pony

PUBLISHED: 12:15 30 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:15 30 August 2016

Children enjoying an open day at Wellgate Farm. Children pose with Dingle together with farming instructor Donna Dyer

Children enjoying an open day at Wellgate Farm. Children pose with Dingle together with farming instructor Donna Dyer

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A children’s farm is hosting a fundraising day this weekend in aid of a poorly Shetland pony.

Dingle the pony, the longest living resident at Wellgate Farm, Collier Row Road, Collier Row, has developed a possible neurological problem.

The farm is holding a fun day on Saturday to raise money for his treatment, which will cost around £1,000 a year.

Project worker Aimee Robertson said: “Dingle is now on medication for the rest of his life, but the vet said he can live a perfectly happy life as long as he is on the medication.”

Dingle has been at the farm, set up in 1982 by volunteers, for more than 30 years and before being retired was used for pony rides and educational visits at lots of primary schools across the borough.

Saturday’s event runs from 11am to 3pm and includes a tombola, animal encounters and refreshments including tea and cake.

Youngsters will also have the chance to groom Dingle.

Entrance is free, donations are gratefully accepted by the farm.

For more information visit wellgatefarm.org

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