Rare Black Beauty edition to be auctioned to raise funds for Redwings Horse Sanctuary
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A rare edition of Anna Sewell's novel Black Beauty is to be auctioned to raise funds for Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
The 1915 edition, complete with beautiful colour illustrations by equestrian painter Lucy Kemp-Welch, has been donated to the charity by a supporter who asked that the book be sold to help care for horses in need.
Ahead of the sale, people can view the book in an exhibition marking the 140th anniversary of Black Beauty at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.
The exhibition runs until November 25, and silent bids for the book can be made up until this date at the museum or by contacting Redwings.
The charity, with headquarters south of Norwich and visitor centres near Aylsham and Great Yarmouth, rescues more than 150 equines every year from abandonment and neglect, and currently cares for over 1,500 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules every day across the country. The money raised from the sale of the book will help care for the animals now safe in the sanctuary, and support Redwings' rescue, welfare and education work.
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Lynn Cutress, Redwings' chief executive, said: 'As 2017 marks the 140th anniversary of Black Beauty, this stunning edition was a most fitting donation. It is not only a rare copy of a classic novel that deserves to be treasured, but a symbol of respect for animals and a lasting reminder of author Anna Sewell's lifelong passion for preventing horses from suffering.
'Since her time, the world of animal welfare has evolved and there are new laws in place and organisations, like Redwings, working hard to protect animals, such as Black Beauty and his friend Ginger, from suffering neglect and abuse. Sadly, however, our rescue work goes on but as a charity completely funded by donations this can only continue with support from the public.'
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The museum and Redwings are among a number of organisations that have partnered with Visit Norwich to celebrate the 140th anniversary of Black Beauty. People can visit Redwing's very own Black Beauty - a Friesian horse called Maya - at the charity's Aylsham visitor centre which is open Fridays to Mondays from 10am to 4pm.
The Black Beauty exhibition at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell runs until November 25. People can submit silent bids for the 1915 edition at the museum or by contacting Redwings on 01508 481000 or firstname.lastname@example.org