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Goodheart farm animal sanctuary

We take a closer look at some of the uplifting work done at this safe haven for animals

Animals are vital members of our community – from those we share our homes with, to the wildlife in our local rivers. Yet, it’s a sad fact that many farm creatures endure lives of mistreatment and neglect only for their sole purpose to be bred for food.

Thankfully, there are many sanctuaries up and down the country that do amazing work to turn these animals’ lives round for the better. Goodheart Farm Animal Sanctuary, which sits on 91 acres of Worcestershire countryside, provides a spacious home to over 250 rescued animals. Among them are geese, turkeys, hens, cows, sheep, pigs and goats – pretty much any farm animal you can think of – who you’ll find here living a good quality of life. Vanessa Rhoden, on behalf of the sanctuary, gives us an insight to the hands on (or should we say, paws on?) work they do.

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About Be Kind

Hello, What makes a home? Is it where your family is? The town you grew up in? Or maybe it’s wherever you lay your hat? After years of moving around to different cities, taking different jobs and making different groups of friends, I’ve realised that home can take many forms throughout your life. My nan’s house watching Gladiators and Blind Date with my brother was home. The campervan that housed all my worldly possessions when travelling in Australia was (a very tiny) home. The London flat share with my best girlfriend in my 20s was home. The house I grew up in will always sound, smell and feel like home. And I hope I still have many homes left to discover. This month I’ve read so many stories of ‘home’ – from foster parents, the elderly, my colleagues and the communities striving to make the displaced feel safe and welcome. I’ve spoken to the people who attempt to make their towns a better place for all to live in, the ones who say ‘yes’ and go the extra mile to help other people. I’ve learned about places where neighbours are friends, not anonymous nuisances, and those who are happy and comfortable living alone. A home forms part of your identity and that’s a lot more than just bricks and mortar – it’s the people you love and the community you’re surrounded by that underpin it all. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor