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Sarah McPherson

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raised of £10,000 target by 46 supporters

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 McPherson3 months ago
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    Sarah McPherson

    3 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 McPherson4 months ago
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    Sarah McPherson

    4 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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  • Sarah McPherson6 months ago
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    Sarah McPherson

    6 months ago

    We are heading into our busiest time of the year. The donks will be bringing some festive cheer and joy, and we wanted to share some feedback from one of our recent visits with you. We asked what the highlights of the Minidonk visit were and they said, "Seeing the enjoyment on the residents' faces, especially those who were visited by Millie and the wonderful volunteers in their bedrooms. It will be a topic of conversation for a long time! Sheer joy - thank you." If you would like to help us bring more Festive cheer, please donate. Thank you.

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  • Kathryn Jones

    Kathryn Jones

    May 15, 2022

    You are wonderful, giving so much pleasure to people and a safe, loving home for the Donkeys. Thank you xx


  • Penny Squires

    Penny Squires

    May 11, 2022

    Herewith a donation for your fabulous group in support of the 5K run by The Maltings Care Home Fundraiser Team in Fakenham, Norfolk.


  • Julie Munday

    Julie Munday

    May 11, 2022

    My dad is in a care home with Alzheimer’s. Watching these videos just made me cry what a wonderful thing you are doing.PS and I love donkeys!


  • Emma roddis

    Emma roddis

    May 8, 2022


  • Anna Newman

    Anna Newman

    Apr 27, 2022

    Happy Birthday Tracey Shaugnessy. Love this charity. xx


  • Tracey Shaughnessy

    Tracey Shaughnessy

    Apr 24, 2022

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    Apr 22, 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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