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We have a wonderful bundle of volunteer knitters who click away knitting Woolley donkeys to help raise much needed funds for over 2,600 donkeys in our care as well as helping over one million donkeys and mules within reach of our major international projects.

This little donkey - we've named Jingles - arrived in time for Christmas adorned with mistletoe, holly and jingle bells.

We are offering our supporters a chance to win Jingles with the winner's name being drawn on Christmas day itself as a gift to say thank you for your donation.

Key facts

  • The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare charity and aims to protect donkeys and mules and promote their welfare worldwide.
  • 29 project countries including the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico and Spain
  • 14,500 donkeys and mules provided with a sanctuary for life over the last 40 years
  • 5,072 donkeys and mules currently in care at Sanctuaries and foster homes in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe
  • 28 overseas mobile teams and 4 overseas clinics working to alleviate the suffering of sick or injured donkeys
  • 400,000 overseas treatments given to working donkeys each year
  • Centre of excellence on the care and welfare of donkeys and mules
  • Updates 8

    ... we have a new home for Jingles. Julie Revell has won our adorable little knitted donkey. "I love seeing all the photos and news about the donkeys. Thank goodness for your kindness in looking after them. Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year xx"

    25/12/13 03:17

    Who would've believed one little woolley donkey would capture so many hearts... well, one has and his name is Jingles. No doors closed at the Sanctuary... David Cook, our CEO, rang up and asked if he could have his photo taken with Jingles... so here he is :-)

    23/12/13 10:06

    We're on a 5 day countdown... for Jingles to be rehomed. Here he is pictured with Elisabeth Svendsen's grand-daughter Dawn who heads the communications team here at the Sanctuary wishing you a happy Christmas xx

    20/12/13 02:43

    Today Jingles was out and about during our Candlelight evening having his photo taken.

    13/12/13 08:29

    Jingles met Adam trimming the grass verges at the heart of the Sanctuary which is home to 231 donkeys who live in small groups.

    11/12/13 03:28

    Raising money for

    The Donkey Sanctuary

    The Donkey Sanctuary

    Charity Registration No. 264818

    Our mission is to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships. Our goal is to bring care to two million donkeys in 40 countries by 2018.

    Raising money for

    Run by The Donkey Sanctuary

    Charity Registration No. 264818

    Donations 119

    Merry Christmas to all the staff and Donkeys

    Donation by Ben on 25/12/13

    One more try

    Donation by Stephy Shave on 25/12/13

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Special live to Shirgar

    Donation by Marilyn Lewis on 25/12/13

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

    Happy Christmas to all staff and donkeys

    Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/13

    €10.00

    happy xmas to all who look after the donkeys

    Donation by meg on 24/12/13

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

    Happy Christmas to all staff and volunteers who will be with the donkeys over Christmas this year,

    Donation by Jen on 24/12/13

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

    Happy Christmas to all @ the Sanctuary & big hugs for all the donkeys! :-)

    Donation by Pat Byrne on 24/12/13

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    I just love the fact you care!

    Donation by Anonymous on 24/12/13

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas to everyone. Thankyou for all the work that you do

    Donation by sbg on 24/12/13

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all at the Donkey Sanctuary

    Donation by Nicola Cooke on 24/12/13

    £20.00

    + £5.00 Gift Aid

    Just a small donation for your good work, wish it could be more x

    Donation by Lesleyann Cooper on 24/12/13

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas to all the donkeys, mules, staff and volunteers at The Donkey Sanctuary.

    Donation by Lesley McGrail on 24/12/13

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas to all at the donkey sanctuary! I lost my little donkey 2 weeks ago to colic and I miss him sooo much. Best wishes for 2014!! Xx

    Donation by Vicki Cornes on 24/12/13

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas to all the donkeys and staff at the sanctuary well done on you hard work xx

    Donation by Ruth Singleton-Evans on 24/12/13

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas from Cheeko, Buster Brown, Cotton Candy and Chiquita - the Thistledown Donkeys from Alberta, Canada

    Donation by Janet Row on 24/12/13

    £10.00

    Merry Christmas to all at The Donkey Sanctuary, two legged and four legged! :)

    Donation by Amanda Nicholls on 24/12/13

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas and best wishes for the new year to all the lovely donkeys at the Sanctuary's and all the volunteers and workers. Keep up the good work!

    Donation by Sue on 24/12/13

    £3.00

    + £0.75 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas donks and volunteers

    Donation by Anonymous on 23/12/13

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Merry Xmas Walter and Star

    Donation by Baz Beaumont & Sarah Beck on 23/12/13

    £50.00

    + £12.50 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas!

    Donation by Pip Sankey on 23/12/13

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the donkeys and staff. Xx

    Donation by Anonymous on 23/12/13

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

    Donation by Niki Ellender on 23/12/13

    £5.00

    + £1.25 Gift Aid

    Donation by kate white on 23/12/13

    £20.00

    Merry Christmas & a peaceful, fruitful New Year to all at the Donkey Sanctuary! Thanks for what you do for our beautiful 4 legged friends! xxx

    Donation by Jan on 23/12/13

    £10.00

    + £2.50 Gift Aid

    Merry Christmas to all the lovely people working and all the beautiful Donkey's saved by the Donkey Sanctuary

    Donation by Sarah Bailey on 23/12/13

    £5.00

    Donation summary

    • * Online donations£1,453.75
    • Offline donations£0.00
    • Text donations£0.00
    • Total raised£1,453.75
    • Gift Aid£271.50

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