A limited 1915 edition of Black Beauty is being auctioned to raise funds for Redwings Horse Sanctuary in honour of the classic novel’s 140th birthday.
The rare copy, complete with beautiful colour illustrations by famed equestrian painter Lucy Kemp-Welch, was donated to the charity by a supporter who asked that the book be sold to help care for horses in need.
Anyone wishing to become the proud owner of this beautiful piece of history can view the book at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell until November 25 as part of a special exhibition celebrating Black Beauty’s landmark anniversary. Silent bids are welcomed up until this date and bidding slips can be obtained and submitted at the Museum or by contacting Redwings on 01508 481000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Redwings, which has a visitor centres at Aylsham, rescues more than 150 equines every year from abandonment and neglect, and currently cares for more than 1,500 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules every day across the country.
The money raised from the auction will help care for the animals now safe in the sanctuary, and support Redwings’ rescue, welfare and education work nationwide.
The silent auction is just one of the ways Redwings and the museum, along with a number of organisations in and around Norwich, have partnered with Visit Norwich to celebrate Black Beauty’s special birthday this summer.
Redwings is also providing fun talks and activities at the museum for families on horse welfare during the school holidays, and has donated an eye-catching life-sized model of a black horse for its exhibition.
Everyone is also invited to meet and enjoy a cuddle with the charity’s very own Black Beauty – a stunning Friesian horse called Maya – at its Redwings Aylsham Visitor Centre, which is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm, and entry is free.
Maya, who was rescued from terrible neglect in 2010, is available to sponsor for just £12.50 per year which goes towards caring for Maya and her friends, providing another way for Black Beauty fans to honour their favourite book and help horses in need.
To find out more about Redwings, visit www.redwings.org.uk