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Big-hearted Belbroughton horse rescuer dies
2:50pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Local
A DEDICATED Belbroughton woman who made it her life’s mission to rescue injured, old and unwanted horses, donkeys and ponies has died at the age of 74.
Anthea Frisby, who rescued dozens of animals over the years, died on September 23 after a year-long battle with cancer.
The kind-hearted animal lover, who moved to the village in the late 1950s, saved many so-called hopeless cases where owners had given up on or tired of their four-legged farmyard friends.
A former horse groom, Mrs Frisby began rescuing domestic pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs in the late 1960s and later graduated to taking in unwanted and ill-treated horses.
And as her collection of rescue animals grew the Mearse Lane resident’s passion turned into popular village cause - Animal Sanctuary and Protection (ASAP).
She often worked two or three jobs at a time, including 26 years working as a dinner lady and cleaner at Belbroughton School, all to help pay for food, bedding and veterinary fees for the animals.
Long-time friend and sanctuary finance manager Gaye Hadley said: “Horses have been her life.
“She was far more happy with animals than she was with people; she had a terrific empathy with them; she was very intuitive with horses and they responded to her.
"She worked really, really hard - she’d feed the animals before feeding herself.
“She’s been very much a part of the village for many years. It’s a great loss.”
She said Mrs Frisby had been desperately hoping to see in this year’s Belbroughton Scarecrow Weekend which for many years has been a big fundraiser for ASAP as well as other good causes in the village.
But sanctuary supporters instead received money in her honour during the event, held last weekend.
Mrs Hadley said it was too early to say what would happen to the sanctuary’s 10-strong collection of rescued horses and ponies, which live in various village fields, but she and husband Roger would like to carry on the good work with the support of ASAP's dedicated team of volunteers.
Mrs Frisby leaves her husband of 45 years, David, daughter Samantha, son Joe and three grandchildren.
Her funeral is being held at Stourbridge Crematorium tomorrow, October 3, at 11am.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the sanctuary in her memory is invited to send cheques payable to ASAP Belbroughton, Church Farm, Bradford Lane, Belbroughton, DY9 9TF.
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