Pony pictures find fans in royal couple Kate and William

By David Parker | 25/04/2019

Pony pictures find fans in royal couple Kate and William
Jan Cope along with Photographer Llyod Siddall, with their letter of thanks from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Gerty the Donky who starred in the original calendar photoshoot. 190492-2

A CHARITY calendar in aid of a pony rehoming and rescue centre has received the royal seal of approval from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Jan Cope-Harris (55), the founder of Todwick and Kiveton (TAK) Rescue and Rehoming Centre, was shocked to receive a letter of thanks from Kensington Palace.

Jan had no idea the calendar photographer, Lloyd Siddall, had sent a copy of the calendar and a selection of cards featuring the sanctuary’s animals to William and Kate.

The calendar, which raised £3,000 for the centre, featured pictures of ponies rescued by Jan and her team, including Gerty the donkey (pictured).

Jan said: “Lloyd is constantly trying to raise awareness for us and what we have done so far is nothing short of a miracle.

“There’s a lot of work goes on — it’s hard for me to run because I’m constantly thinking about how I’m going to sustain it.

“So it was a shock to receive this letter and once I get it back from Lloyd I will be framing it.”

Jan said the money raised from the calendar had surpassed her expectations and another was in the pipeline for next year.

The sanctuary, which has been running for 18 months, costs around £200 a week to run and has so far rescued 28 abandoned ponies and rehomed 11.

The sanctuary’s next fundraiser, a Pie and Peas Race Night at Bondhay Golf Club, Whitwell, will be held on May 11.

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