SAVED: Volunteer helper Shirley Camilleri-Agius with Sox the horse at Kilmarnock Horse Rescue in Crawley.
A HORSE'S life will be saved thanks to an appeal by The News.
Last week, The News reported eighteen-year-old Sox faced being put down if a sponsor or a new home was not found for him.
Now sponsors have flooded in from across the town to save the horse who is being looked after at the Kilmarnock Horse Rescue Centre, in Charlwood Road, Ifield.
Carol Barton, who runs the centre, said she had been inundated with calls since the article went in The News last Wednesday (April 8).
She said: "We've had so many visitors, he's got a fan club now. We must have had 20 calls in one day. It's fantastic. I actually slept last night, it was really getting to me.
"People said it had broken their heart. I'm asking people to come and see him. It's nice for people to see what they're contributing to," she added.
Sox was first taken to the centre by the RSPCA, which uses Carol's centre as a form of rehabilitation when sick or injured horses are found.
The horse was found in Brighton after he was abandoned by his owners and now Carol is keeping him on at the rescue centre.
She said: "We've had lots of donations because he can't be ridden, as he has got issues, but we'll get there with him He's had a confusing life, if we move him from here, that's a big trauma. Some of the horses go to foster homes but Sox is like a naughty school boy. He's in with the other horses with issues, we play them classical music and they have crystal healing."
The centre has 15 rescue horses and a variety of farmyard animals including chickens and sheep and will been holding pony rides at Ifield Church on May Day bank holiday.
If you like to visit Sox or make a donation, contact Carol on 07948 672540.