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What do we do?

We bring our gentle and friendly miniature donkeys to your community group, voluntary organisation, dementia group or special needs group.

We are based in South Norfolk and operate across Norfolk and Suffolk. Basically, we visit anywhere where a mood boosting donkey visit would help people with their wellbeing.

If you want our donkeys to come to a Wedding, Private Party, Event or even a Funeral we can do that too.

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Why do we do it?

Having worked with family carers professionally and having been a family carer for two parents with dementia, the group’s founder knows firsthand how stress can be relieved by spending time with these beautiful animals.

Sarah lost her mum to dementia in April 2017 and took the decision to set up a social enterprise to bring the benefits of interacting with mini donkeys to as wide an audience as possible.

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How do you book a visit?

If you would like to find out more about how our visits work or would like to book a visit, you can e-mail us, give us a call or download a booking form.

Our visits do book up quite quickly and if you have a specific date in mind (wedding, summer fete, special birthday) call us to reserve your date. Bookings are confirmed on receipt of a completed booking form.

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Happy Sunday Minidonkers! We hope you are all doing whatever makes you happy this Sunday morning. We are having an easy day today before our visits next week to Cambridge (Steph will be at the Tesco Express in Histon tomorrow, Monday with a couple of the girls, from around 12-2), Halesworth and Beccles for care home visits, then at Old Hall Farm, Woodton on Saturday 26th October, 10-2, where you will be able to meet the Minidonks, pick a 🎃 and sample the delights of the farm cafe and delicatessen! Hope your week is a good one..... ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful happy faces, donkey's brings so much joy.x

Magical day today. Great team, donks on good form, met lovely people and visited people on the wards. Thank you to Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust at Northgate Hospital... ... See MoreSee Less

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I loved seeming the donks today and those biscuits were amazing!

Three of the Minidonk team will not be joining us in Great Yarmouth today. Head of security, Head of Rodent Control and Head of no one knows what, are exhausted by their duties and will be doing this while we are all at Northgate Hospital, Great Yarmouth, 11-2 today..... ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Head of Security and Head of Kitchen Services... always awake for a snack!

Love your PJ's love you all.xxxxx

Don’t you look so cute in your cosy green PJ’s.❤️

Oh dear, you'd better reduce their working hours....😉😃

“Head of No-one Knows What”!!!! 😂😂😂😂

Head of toy development.

You must stop working them so hard

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If you would like to meet a cheeky Mindonk or two, have a go on our Spoooooky Hallowe'en Tombola or find out more about what we do, then come along to Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth (Northgate St, Great Yarmouth NR30 1BU) between 11am and 2pm tomorrow, Saturday 19th October. Yay!!! Come and meet the Minidonks!!! ... See MoreSee Less

If you would like to meet a cheeky Mindonk or two, have a go on our Spoooooky Halloween Tombola or find out more about what we do, then come along to Northgate Hospital in Great Yarmouth (Northgate St, Great Yarmouth NR30 1BU) between 11am and 2pm tomorrow, Saturday 19th October. Yay!!! Come and meet the Minidonks!!!

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My children both put their Tesco’s tokens in your slot at Swaffham yesterday!. I then came home and showed them who they picked- they both agreed that they picked well (my children are 13 and nearly 18 😊)

I was born at that hospital lovely cheeky photo x

😜 back gorgeous 😘

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We have got a lot of public events coming up, so if you want to meet some of the Minidonk team come along to Northgate Hospital open day in Great Yarmouth, this Saturday 19th October 11-2 or enjoy a bit of spooky fun, picking your own pumpkin at Old Hall Farm, Woodton, the following Saturday, 26th October meeting the Minidonks and enjoying their fantastic cafe. Here is Nino, our Head of Tombola Quality Control, checking over some of our Hallowe’en items! And don’t forget, if you are shopping in Tesco, please put your blue token in the Minidonk slot! ... See MoreSee Less

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What time will you be at old hall farm woodton ?

This Saturday 19th November or am i reading it wrong.

So much to tell you all, but for now, the most important thing is that Saffy is home.... got home late last night and here she is enjoying her breakfast..... ... See MoreSee Less

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Oh lovely girl! I think she thinks, just let me get on with my food!

Welcome home beautiful girl! 💕🥰

Lovely girl... looking forward to meeting you.

Beautiful. Xxxxxx

Yay..! Welcome home Saffy 😄

Shaggy babe. Needs a good brushing. See you tomorrow, Red.

Did she escape? We already need another coffee and catch up !

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Steph and Sarah sparkled at a top secret event in London tonight... they leaflet-bombed Hugh Bonneville, Ade Adepitan, Ore Oduba, Tameka Empson, and various National Lottery bigwigs. All will be revealed on BBC1 on 19th November. Two sparkly girls now very tired..... may have had a glass or two of wine. Xxxx ... See MoreSee Less

Steph and Sarah sparkled at a top secret event in London tonight... they leaflet-bombed Hugh Bonneville, Ade Adepitan, Ore Oduba, Tameka Empson, and various National Lottery bigwigs. All will be revealed on BBC1 on 19th November. Two sparkly girls now very tired..... may have had a glass or two of wine. XxxxImage attachment

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Hope you had a fabulous time & managed to enjoy a lovely evening as a small reward for your brilliant work xxx

Ah you both look lovely! Hope you had a great night xxx

Look at you Sarah McPherson!! I hope you had an amazing time both of you. Xx

Congratulations xx

Check you 2 out in your sparkles! Well done ladies.

Amazing!!! And yes !! Love you two sparkling girls 😘❤❤🍾🍾

Fabulous stuff! 🤩

Loving the sparkle. And another reason you're so good at what you do: I'd have no idea who all those people were!

Proper posh! What have you been up to now!!!?🤗

Looking very glamorous ladies!

Well done you two. Looks like it was a blast!

Well don’t you look different in your finest. Glad you had fun.👍

Looking glam girls xx

what have you 2 donk girls been up to!!??🤩

Fingers crossed

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MD and Team Leader Steph are in London on a top secret mission. Yesterday they dropped the lorry off to have it’s new awning fitted, and dropped in to see Saffy and her huge friends...... the foal in the picture is 6 weeks old!! Saffy’s coming home!!! ... See MoreSee Less

MD and Team Leader Steph are in London on a top secret mission. Yesterday they dropped the lorry off to have it’s new awning fitted, and dropped in to see Saffy and her huge friends...... the foal in the picture is 6 weeks old!! Saffy’s coming home!!!Image attachmentImage attachment

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So love you little donkeys.x

Can't wait to meet her! Hope you're having fun ladies.

Can't wait

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Feedback from previous visits

You guys (most of all the donkeys) are awesome. Bringing joy and happiness to people who can’t get out easily. Keep up the good work

It was all fantastic but the room visits were the best. Had me in tears the reactions we had.

Amazing reactions of residents, especially those with restricted communication. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Smiles all round, thank you.

Your visit encouraged the residents outside into the sunshine. They enjoyed stroking and interacting with the donkeys as well as chatting to each other. So nice to see them enjoying themselves. Thank you.

Pixie and Bo Peep were the best behaved donkeys ever, our residents thoroughly enjoyed their visit… I cannot recommend Sarah, her donkeys and fabulous volunteers enough.

It was the most special visit for our residents, staff and extended families. Thank you so much.

My mum is one of the residents you refer to. I visited her this evening, words are a struggle but she was definitely trying to tell me about the donkeys! Thank you so much for visiting her.

You get smiles where nothing else can – thank you so much

The main highlight has to be with one resident who never leaves her bedroom. This lady suffers from dementia and the donkeys visited her in her bedroom. As soon as she saw them her face lit up. She absolutely loved them.

We were delighted with your visit, all ages and abilities loved the friendly donkeys.

Highlights were being able to have the donkeys up close even for residents nursed in bed, to be able to tell residents’ families about the visit and have photos to show them. Sarah and volunteers went out of their way to make it a special visit. More visits, more donkeys, we love you!

The donkeys came to visit our tenants and Pippin went into the room of a very poorly lady. The look on her face was priceless. Thank you for bringing some joy and love to our setting.

Thank you, they were amazing. The patients loved them.

The residents enjoyed interacting with the donkeys and being able to touch them. They were interested to hear all about them and they loved them being in the lounge as most of the residents are not able to get outside.

You kindly took two little donkeys into my wife’s room, to say it made our day is very much an understatement, in fact my wife said ‘it is something I will never forget’.

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