We all at Old Macdonald’s Farm were saddened to learn of the death earlier this week of our friend Ernie Clarke after a long and brave fight against cancer. Ernie and his wife Paula, who passed away two years ago, founded the wonderful Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Sawyers Hall Lane Brentwood, and received well deserved MBEs for their efforts. You will know that Hopefield is one of the charities we are pleased to support.
Despite being ill, Ernie attended all of Hopefield’s wonderful Open Days this year so far and was working hard to protect the animals that he loved right up to the end. We know that the work of Hopefield will continue as the team that he put together of staff and volunteers will make sure this vital sanctuary will thrive. Ernie and his team have this year gained some funding from Essex County Council for important building improvements, and the Open Days, the next being on September 25th, are great fun for all.
Ernie’s funeral is on Wednesday 21st September at Corbett’s Tey Crematorium at 1.20 p.m. but perhaps the best way to remember Ernie is to attend the Hopefield Open Day on September 25th and contribute to this vital work.
Ernie, the world is a poorer place for your loss but was enhanced by your life, and if there were more like you around then animal cruelty could end. We will miss you and the four legged friends at Hopefield will miss you even more.