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Weʼre raising £10,000 to help keep the Minidonks on the road

Norfolk, UK

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We are a small social enterprise that take our Miniature Donkeys to visit people with life limiting conditions, special needs and mental health challenges. Every year we deliver hundreds of visits across Norfolk and Suffolk to settings such as care homes, psychiatric units, special schools and dementia settings.

The joy that our little donkeys bring is worth more than words can say. One nurse at a care home said, "I have never heard that lady laugh, and she has been smiling and laughing with your donkeys for 5 minutes now.

We rekindle memories, stimulate touch and forge friendships on every visit. We are not yet fully financially sustainable and our costs outstrip our income by between £10 and £15,000 every year. Any donations will go directly to keeping our Social Enterprise operational, and help us to continue to to deliver, "Donkey visits that mean so much to our residents. Every time we ask them what activities they would like they always say that they want the Minidonks back again."

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  • Sarah McPherson2 months ago
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    Sarah McPherson

    2 months ago

    We are in the middle of our busiest year yet. The donks are working their magic for so many people, but we need your help. Our costs have gone through the roof, especially our transport costs. We are running a Grand Raffle with some amazing prizes. Please donate if you can. £2.00 will buy you one raffle ticket, and you can buy as many as you like. Just make sure you put your name and email address in the comments box when you make your donation. We will then email you your ticket numbers and will be able to contact you if you win!! Good luck!

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  • Sarah McPherson8 months ago
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    Sarah McPherson

    8 months ago

    One of our very special Minidonks is poorly. Pippin has an ongoing issue with her liver, which has not responded to first stage treatment. We are insured, but we may well hit the ceiling of our annual single incident cover. If you could donate , it would help to make sure that we can continue to provide Pippin with everything she needs to make a full recovery. Pippin is such a special member of the team and has delivered over 200 wellbeing visits, and brought joy to thousands of people. Thank you.

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  • Sarah McPherson9 months ago
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    Sarah McPherson

    9 months ago

    The donks are taking some time off in January to rest before visits kick off again in February. We are looking forward to a busy year, bringing a bit of joy into the lives of so many people. We might be a small social enterprise but we have a big impact. We will meet over 5,000 people in 2022, many of them confined to their rooms or even beds due to ill health or life limiting conditions. Our little donks will light up their day, or even as one lady told us recently, "That has made my whole year. Please bring them back to see me very soon."

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Page last updated on: 9/29/2022 06.09

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87

  • Emma Jones

    Emma Jones

    Sep 29, 2022

    £50.00

  • Pinewoods - Wells Next The Sea

    Pinewoods - Wells Next The Sea

    Sep 28, 2022

    £60.00

  • Adrianne Hartley Booth  12.10.22

    Adrianne Hartley Booth 12.10.22

    Sep 13, 2022

  • Georgina Beale

    Georgina Beale

    Sep 8, 2022

    In loving memory of my Dad Christopher Cobbold on his birthday, which he shared with his sponsor MiniDonk Millie XxxHappy Birthday Millie Xxx

    £50.00

  • Ros Swetman

    Ros Swetman

    Sep 6, 2022

    Please accept in lieu of sponsoring this year! x

    £35.00

  • Sherri Bodley

    Sherri Bodley

    Aug 26, 2022

    Love seeing the photos. Wish I was close enough to volunteer. 😊

    £20.00

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    Anonymous

    Aug 21, 2022

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Sarah McPherson

Sarah McPherson

Norfolk, UK

Sarah is the founder and Managing Director of Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing Ltd. She was inspired to start the Social Enterprise after seeing the effect her donkeys had on her mother who was living with dementia. She founded Minidonks in memory of her mum who died in 2017.

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