Animal healthcare company Vetericyn is sponsoring a mercy mission to Africa to provide vital help to The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

Patrick Sells - one of the Suffolk vets joining the Vetericyn mission to GambiaTwo Suffolk-based vets, Patrick Sells (pictured) and Laura Heaps, will leave the UK later this month on a gruelling 4,000-mile journey in a truck loaded with essential medical aid and supplies for the charity’s clinic in Sambel Kunda.

Brian Costigan, of Vetericyn, said the Trust was changing the lives and futures of animals and their owners in the Gambia region. He added: “Our goal in sponsoring the trip and donating Vetericyn products is to help the Trust save animals who may have otherwise died from wounds and infections.”

Vet Mr Sells said: “There are over 100 million equines in the developing world – a figure that I can’t quite comprehend – the vast majority of these without any access to veterinary care, and under the constant threat of fatal infectious diseases. It’s time we tried to balance this inequality and make a difference! With the help of sponsors such as Vetericyn, along with a number of others we will be able to do just that.”

The charity’s co-founder, Heather Armstrong, thanked all the people and firms that have supported the charity so far but stressed that the work never stops.

She said: “There is still so much more which needs to be done but with ongoing support we are going to be continue making a huge impact on the lives of not just the animals but also the people who own them, the farmers who rely on them to carry supplies and the families who desperately need them to survive in so many ways. Every bit of help is going to not just ensuring the horses and donkeys are fed and treated but that local residents learn how to continue looking after them for the rest of their lives.”

Mr Sells said: “There are so many people we need to thank for making this mission finally happen. Vetericyn for supplying much needed medicine and the money towards the vehicle, of course, but also those who have all thrown their support behind us such as Audevard, Mitchell Skoda, The Open College of Equine Studies, Tutavet, Virbac, Elanco, Hallmarq and all those people who have dug deep into their pockets and donated what they could.”

Anyone else who wants to support the trip can make a donation at www.justgiving.com/gambiaroadtrip

Vetericyn is a non toxic, immediate acting wound and skin care for all animals which works by mimicking a healthy immune system’s response to wounds and infections. Read more about it at the Pegasus Health product page for Vetericyn Wound Care.