Jenny Seagrove’s Noble Initiative Affirms Presence of Love and Benevolence in the World
Known far and wide for her impeccable acting skills, Jenny Seagrove rose to fame with her outstanding role in BBC drama series Judge John Deed. Over the years she starred in multiple movies, leaving no stone unturned to make a mark across the globe. This time the actress added more fans to her list by setting up a sanctuary for rescued, abandoned and abused horses named Mane Chance Sanctuary.
‘’Mane Chance came about in desperate circumstances in 2011 when a friend rang to say she couldn’t afford to feed her large collection of animals, many of which she had rescued.’’
‘’It was one of those life-changing moments when you find a real purpose. Setting up a charity is a massive adventure.” She described how a phone call changed her life forever.
‘’I called a friend who found Monkshatch Garden Farm, where the owner let us rent the 47 acres we needed. A year later, we were offered it for sale.’’ Setting up the farm had its fair share of hurdles.
‘’I had to sell my flat in London and ask Simrin, who has been amazing, to chip in.’’ Seagrove said she can’t thank philanthropist Simrin Choudhrie enough for her help.”
Management went an extra mile to ensure proper care was provided to the horses, and thus they on boarded pioneer of trust technique James French and his partner Shelley Slingo to provide therapeutic sessions to the horses for their quick healing. Soon the duo formed a loving relationship with the horses which helped them heal internally.
Jenny said, ‘’When all this began, I knew the horses would need therapy,” she says. “I asked James French, who I had known through his work as a reiki master for 20 years, and who is a renowned animal communicator, to help out.’’
‘’It’s about getting the limbic system — the part of the brain associated with emotions and memories — of horse and human — in sync,’’ says Seagrove.
Slowly it was witnessed that these sessions are not only benefitting the horses, but humans alike.
‘’We had groups of children and volunteers here, some of whom had their own issues and a rapport and trust was building between some of the horses with the humans who seemed to need them the most.’’