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Oct 4th, 2004, 10:16 AM
Some people will already be aware of this little gem of a place, some may not. Its run by Fiona Oakes when she isn't a firewoman and all. How she still finds the time to train for her marathons ( came 60 something in 2004 London marathon and was interviewed on BBC ) beats me. Theres many great animal stories here to read, some happy, some sad. Did I mention Fiona is also VEGAN. ;)

www.towerhillstables.com and www.myspace.com/towerhillstables

Oct 5th, 2004, 09:12 PM
Fiona is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!
She is so busy, yet still found time to reply when I e-mailed her once.
I am planning to donate money to her sanctuary instead of my husband buying me a present this Christmas.

Oct 6th, 2004, 10:35 AM
Hmmm, yes i'm thinking about giving them a few quid instead of the toss organisations i've been supporting, errrm but i'll need to get a job and move house first,

Nov 9th, 2004, 05:42 PM
Just to let you know that Fiona who runs Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary has just been awarded the Diamond Jubilee Vegan Achievement Award 2004 from the Vegan Society.

This is in recognition of her athletic achievements, her Fire-Fighting achievements, her work to help rescued animals in Russia and also of course the 250 rescued animals she looks after on her own at her Sanctuary in Essex.

Fiona's work is detailed on her website @ www.towerhillstables.com


Nov 9th, 2004, 06:12 PM
I think she is amaaaazzzzzzzzzzzzzzing!!!! :)

Nov 9th, 2004, 07:50 PM
what a fantastic site and wonderful woman.
brentwood isnt far from me!

Nov 10th, 2004, 01:23 PM
On 17th Oct 2004 Fiona entered the Tiptree Ten Miler, ( is that a local event ) coming 1st and will be entering the Florence marathon at the end of November.

Vegan power. :cool:

Nov 10th, 2004, 01:46 PM
Yes the Tiptree 10 mile is a local (ish) road race - Fiona has also won the Brentwood half marathon THREE YEARS running - you would have thought the Media would be interested in a VEGAN performing like this wouldn't you - but apparantly not !

Fiona also has an elite entry for London next year as well as the Florence Marathon to contend with in 2 weeks.

How she deals with all the animals - 21 horses to muck out on her own, (+ the rest) and fit in 80 miles a week on the road I can't even begin to comprehend...

Nov 10th, 2004, 01:58 PM
Fiona is indeed a remarkable woman. now if only i could find out what keeps her going!! ;)

Nov 15th, 2004, 02:56 PM
Food Glorious Food !

If you are feeling generous and flush you could call Gladwells Feed Merchants, the main feed delivery who have provided a service whereby you can call them & make a credit card or switch payment to the value of your choice which they will place as a credit on the Sanctury feed account without suffering the high commissions .

SEE HERE. (http://www.towerhillstables.com/donations.html#anchor_12784) :)

Nov 15th, 2004, 06:45 PM
Thanks for that link. I can honestly say I had never heard of this place, but after looking at the website I am now in the process of writing a cheque. What a wonderful woman, and she doesn't live that far away from me in sunny old Essex!


Nov 16th, 2004, 08:40 AM
Its also possible to set up a standing order online, see HERE (http://www.towerhillstables.com/sponsorship.html) , to sponsor an individual animal or all the animals if you can't choose.

Theres an open day on Dec 5th from Noon for members. Percy is looking forward to showing you how big he has grown and will be conducting a guided tour of his Pig Arc during the afternoon. :)

Nov 16th, 2004, 02:34 PM
im glad they have an open day - im sorry that its on the same day as the christmas london vegan fair :(

this morning i asked my mum not to buy me pressies that may not be suitable for needed, but to give me a chq for tower hill with whatever amount she would normally be spending on pressies for me. i am going to ask my in-laws (whose pressie are disasterously worse- so lucky escape there) to do the same. i can then send them the cheques to make winter a little easier hopefully. ;)

Nov 16th, 2004, 05:16 PM
Good idea, Cedar, we are doing the same in our household, it will, at least, ease the old conscience a little over Christmas.

Nov 17th, 2004, 01:20 PM
Hi all, re the Liverpool Vegan Festival - just to let you know that Tower Hill Stables Supporter Billy will be running a stall selling Dog treats & biscuits in aid of Tower Hill Stables - If you can make this festival, please look out for her stall !!


Nov 17th, 2004, 01:25 PM
And ask her how Malcolm is.

Nov 17th, 2004, 01:36 PM
...and Malcolm's new friend !

Nov 28th, 2004, 08:10 PM
:D :D :D I see I've been introduced already! The Liverpool Festie was nice, didn't quite sell out, but almost, got quite a few peeps interested and taking a leaflet away, hope it will result in more donations!

For all those (2) interested: Malcolm's ever so well, as is our new juvenile dlinquent Kiera. Malcolm thinks she's way to young and wild, but if she can be quiet and behave herself, she's allowed to share 'his' sofa (thank god I've got a chair left, otherwise I'd be sat on the floor most of the time!). I did invite her onto 'our' (mine and Malcolm's) bed as well, but that, judging by the look in his eyes, went waaaay too far! So now it's a case of 'Kiera allowed on the bed if Malcolm isn't there' - which is basically never!

Anyway, you'll all have me sussed by now, give me one second and I natter for England about ''my'' dogs. I know their not mine anymore than ''my'' friends'' for instance, but writing a whole pc sentence every time I refer to them is a bit tiring. But rest assured I do not regard them to be possessions! (pheewwww, got that out of the way! :))

See ya,

Dec 7th, 2004, 03:41 PM
Just to let you know that Fiona came 5th in the Florence Marathon in 2 hrs 50mins. She was seeded 28th & had to wait 45 mins in the cold before the 25 elite female athletes were individually introduced to the crowd to take their places at the start of the field.

Fiona beat 21 of them !! & her foot was bleeding at 10K due to a burst blister !!

What's more there was no medical attention at the end of the race for her & a further quarter of a mile to walk before water was available - nice...

What she has to do before someone takes her seriously I just don't know

Dec 7th, 2004, 03:45 PM
The Open Day on Sunday was a great success - 8 members together with their guests (26 in all) attended & over 1000 was raised to help towards the feed costs of the 250 rescued animals.

Everyone had a great day with some supporters coming from well over 100 miles away !

Fantastic Vegan catering was provided free to the sanctuary by Brentwood Happy Hamsters Catering - Andi & Rob. Even the weather was good !! more details on website

Dec 8th, 2004, 08:07 AM
Well I think Fiona is wonder woman anyway. If she takes part next year, surely she has to be in the elite line up. Wasn't she in the elite line up for the London marathon after all ?

I'm glad the open day went well Thanks for the update Yaksongs.

Dec 8th, 2004, 08:27 AM
Fiona is definitely Wonder Woman!
As it's always been my dream to open a sanctuary, I e-mailed her once, and she replied with a lovely mail very quickly. I was so impressed, after all she can't have a minute to herself!
She is my heroine!!! :)

Dec 21st, 2004, 04:19 PM
Fiona has just rescued 5 more Turkeys - to see them visit her site & click on the Christmas Rescue button down the left hand side of the screen.

These birds were in the "hospital" wing of the Turkey farm, being considered too poorly for human consumption. They try & get these ones "well enough" for Easter.


Dec 21st, 2004, 04:56 PM
Huh, I was chatting to someone today, as a parting remark they said "well, enjoy your Turkey" - ugghh, they turn my stomach. :mad:
Fancy putting birds in a 'hospital wing' until they are 'well enough to eat', for God's sake. :(
Happy Christmas to you and Fiona, Yaksongs! :)

Dec 27th, 2004, 03:00 PM
Christmas turkeys - vegan style

Sunday, 26 December, 2004 news.bbc.co.uk (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/essex/4098451.stm)

Getting into the Christmas spirit for most people means frantic shopping trips or escaping to somewhere warm.
For Fiona Oakes Christmas means staying at her home in Asheldham, Essex, caring for her 264 animals, in particular, 38 turkeys rescued from a breeding unit.

"They were sick turkeys who were not well enough to be slaughtered for Christmas dinners," she said.

"They are all now in a stable together on a new bed of straw and lots of food and clean water to drink."

Fiona said it normally took the rescued birds a while to settle down and realise that they are safe.

Saving sick turkeys is just another day in the life of Fiona Oakes, who also finds time to work as a retained fire fighter.

Fiona, 35, has been taking in injured and unwanted animals from just about anywhere over the last 11 years at Tower Hill Stables in Essex.

"I love animals," she said. "My objectives are to give every animal in my care, love and the best possible quality of life I can, and when the time comes, dignity in death."

On top of the 38 turkeys her stable now houses 26 pigs, 21 horses, 50 cats, 10 dogs, and dozens of rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, and hampsters - all of which live in relative peace side-by-side.

"I take them when they're at the end of their life - when people don't want them any more," she said.

While her day mainly revolves around the feeding and care of her animals, Fiona also finds time for her other passion - running.

Last month she took fifth place in the Florence Marathon, beating 21 professional athletes.

'Outstanding Vegan'

Fiona also runs to promote veganism, which she has practised for 20 years.

"When I win at local races, people are truly shocked. They don't expect someone who is vegan to do well.

"They think that you're weak and must be pale and unhealthy looking because you're not getting any meat protein."

Her efforts led the Vegan Society recently to award her the Outstanding Vegan Achievement award.

"That was a big honour from them for everything I've done," she said.

Running the animal sanctuary on her own, keeping active in the vegan community and running international marathons makes for tiring living - but Fiona has no qualms.

"I have not had a holiday in eight years. But I know what I'm doing is right. This is what I've always wanted to do, " she said.

"I'm not interested in living my life in small doses. You're not here for very long on this planet, so it's about helping others.

"I don't really care if the price I have to pay is that I'm tired most of the time."