REMUS Horse Sanctuary received a timely boost of £500 after being runner-up at the recent Heart of Essex Awards.

Remus, based in Ingatestone, entered the awards in May petitioning for funds to create a wheelchair accessible toilet at the sanctuary.

The charity relies on donations and fundraising, and in return likes to give back into the community by working with the animals to enhance the lives of others.

They also visit care homes and schools to show people how to respect and care for animals. Founder Sue Burton said it’s well documented how terminally ill and disabled people benefit from sensory experiences.