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“Find sanctuary in the natural world” says Jenny Seagrove

“Find sanctuary in the natural world” says Jenny Seagrove

Actor and animal champion, Jenny Seagrove was speaking to a large audience who tuned into a recent Rotary togetherTalks, and she says “we should treat others with respect”.

Famous for her work in theatre, film and television for over 40 years, Jenny Seagrove (63) is known for her role in ‘Local Hero’ and ‘A Woman of Substance’. She has also played the character of Jo Mills in the long running BBC drama series ‘Judge John Deed’.

She is about to film ‘Hamlet’ with Sir Ian McKellan before also performing it on stage. But she managed to find time out of her busy schedule to talk to togetherTalks hosts Nicki Scott and Luke Addison. Jenny was also proud to tell people that her Dad was a member of Rotary.

Jenny spoke openly about her knowledge of the animals she loves and what they can do for us. But she says her passion now is to see what we can do for them.

An animal rights activist, Jenny runs a registered charity called Mane Chance Sanctuary that provides care for rescued horses, based in Guildford. The charity aims to “provide sanctuary and relief from suffering for horses, while promoting humane behaviour to all animals and mutually beneficial relationships with people who need them”.

Set up in 2011, the charity now cares for 34 horses using a unique system of equine welfare. She wants them to be teachers and healers.

In her chat Jenny answered audience questions. One addressed  the issue of disadvantaged youngsters. She talked about children with autism, those with behavioural problems and mental health issues and how she would like to change their lives for the better. She is passionate in her caring and urged people to treat each other with kindness and mutual respect.

Another subject covered was the concern Jenny felt about the challenges facing  the arts and actors during the pandemic and voiced her hope that the Covid-19 threat didn’t cause any more hardship.

And on a final note it was wonderful to hear that Jenny Seagrove was a patron of Rotary’s Jaipur Limb project. Their mission statement is to improve the life of people in countries where there is need, by facilitating the provision of appropriate prosthetic limbs of people who suffer as a result of amputation or deformity.