After relocating back from the Middle East in late 2017, my husband and I moved to the lovely village of Sturton-By-Stow just outside of Lincoln. Being an avid Lyme disease awareness raiser & Sturton being semi rural, I immediately contacted the local Parish Council to ask if they would put some awareness posters up in the local area which they agreed to do.
Shortly afterwards I had an email from Jo Snell, CEO of Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare, an amazing charity that rescues and gives unwanted horses and donkeys a wonderful home. Jo asked if it would be possible for Lyme Disease UK to work with her staff to educate them about the risks of Lyme disease and how to prevent it. Obviously her staff is at risk of being bitten by ticks as they work with animals that are out in the fields on a daily basis.
We agreed that I would give regular awareness sessions to groups of staff on a rolling basis. The charity also has quarterly “Bransby Brunches” where all members of staff share what they have been doing and achieving since the last one. Outside organisations such as LDUK are also invited along to share information. It was an immense pleasure completing my first training session with the staff as well as attending one of their fantastic brunches where LDUK awareness packs, sample tick tools and repellent were eagerly snapped up.
Our collaboration with Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare is a great example of charities working together hand in hand and I look forward to continuing this very worthwhile relationship with a wonderful organisation.