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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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We have some pretty special days here at Minidonks but today was something else. We can’t tell you what we were doing, but you will be able to watch us on national TV in early January! Special thanks go to Tim, Sandra, Linda, David and my very own Richard Drake.... and to the crack team from the BBC who made today such a joy. ... See MoreSee Less

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When , and what time please?

I recognise the presenter, so am guessing that I know the show!! Xx

Sounds exciting - will look forward to knowing more in January!

Sounds exciting 🤗 x

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Getting ready for some visitors from the BBC! More news to follow, but Minidonks will be appearing on national TV again soon..... we will tell you more later. Very excited! ... See MoreSee Less

Getting ready for some visitors from the BBC! More news to follow, but Minidonks will be appearing on national TV again soon..... we will tell you more later. Very excited!

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Yay way to go fabulous Team Mini Donk and their fantastic volunteers ❤️❤️❤️

Good luck 😍👍 xx

Best of luck x

Awesome 😎

All groomed and looking Thier best, and the mini donkeys

Aren't they bringing a craft services van? #disappointed

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How do you know when you are getting something right? How do you know that the service you provide is valued and enjoyed? When a care home you have just visited for the 4th time this year emails you the day after your latest visit and books 7 dates for 2020!!! Wow, just WOW! Thank you Woodside for loving what we do, making us so welcome and bringing us back to meet our old friends and make new ones. ... See MoreSee Less

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Such fantastic news! Well done team!

Yes it is great that you work hard and the Donks and everyone is so happy that they want you back well done love xxx

Beautiful little donkeys.x

This is so needed in the world ❤️

Yay way to go Team Mini Donk - you so rock ❤️❤️❤️

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Well, the team are safely back from their visit to Kings Lynn. Full of smiles and happy that the donks had made people very happy. No photos to share yet, apart from these ones. I would just like to emphasise the professionalism and skills of our volunteer team..... ... See MoreSee Less

Can’t wait to tell you about our week. We are busy, busy, busy, but don’t worry about the donks, none of them will be working more than two days in a row and no more than three visits per week. You may see the donkmobile on the roads of Norfolk and Suffolk - if it safe to do so, give us wave!
So here we go:
Today, we are visiting a day centre in King’s Lynn, tomorrow, a double visit to two day services on the same site in Norwich, Friday Steph and her boys will be sneaking in a quick private visit before revisiting some lovely people in Walcott, the MD and three of the girls will be doing some top secret TV filming (all will be revealed as soon as we can) at home and in West Norfolk, and then on Saturday Team Leader Tim will be heading to Colchester for a special care home visit., Steph and The Boys will be at the St Elizabeth Hospice remebrance service in Ipswich on Sunday...... and then...... rest!! Another busy week to follow and then our final public visit of the year will be at the children’s service at Wymondham Abbey on Christmas Eve,so if you want to come and meet the team we hope to have all 7 Minidonks there to kick off Christmas in style.
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Way to go, Sarah and her team both donkeys and humans!!!! We love hearing all about it and seeing the pics! Thank you for leading the way for us ❤️

Well done Donks you all do a great job 👍👍xxxxx

Love you with all my heart.xxxxx

The Minidonks have a big thank you to say to some very special people. Way back in May 2019 we were awarded a grant by The Douglas and Joanne Chapman Animal Trust. We needed two things. A tipping muck trailer and an awning that would be fitted onto the lorry. Both things would save us a lot of time and manual labour. It has taken us a while to get it all sorted but I am delighted to say that the awning is fitted and the muck trailer is here! Not too many photos yet - we are still learning how to operate the awning but the muck trailer has been doing sterling work. So Thank you to the trustees for making our lives easier, safer, and keeping the donks cool and shaded for next summer. ... See MoreSee Less

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Fantastic! I’ve even used the muck trailer, thanks so much, it’s much easier than before!

Great news👍 Many thanks to The Trust 💗

Yes. Thanks very much.

Feeling philosophical this morning. Why do we do what we do? Because we can. Because it makes a big difference to people who cannot access the opportunities that most of us take for granted. Because it makes us happy. Because the more love and kindness we can share the better. Because in this world where things can become overwhelming and bleak we are able to bring a bit of light and joy. Because our Minidonks love what they do. Because everyone benefits, our volunteers, the people we visit, the staff who work at the places we visit. Because we can make more smiles like this...... ... See MoreSee Less

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Every time I look at your photos I well up, you are doing a wonderful job to brighten up the days of all the people you visit. Fantastic!

Because you are awesome Team Mini Donk and your fantastic volunteers ❤️❤️❤️

Lovely donkeys bring cheer and happiness.x

Yes they all love and you do a great job because you are all very special xxx 💝

Because you're amazing 💖💕💓❤

The faces of those you visit says it all. 🙏

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What a cracking visit the boys and my volunteer team had today! We went to Woodside House, Norwich, Minidonks fourth visit there! I couldn’t have asked Alfie and Rubik for more today, they worked so well, one very proud Mum. One lady said that that the boys were just ‘magic’. We got a wonderful response from another gentleman, who had shortly woken up, he was so happy to see Rubik. Thank you to my lovely team for their handling of the boys. Thank you to Woodside for having us again, and we look forward to returning next year 😊. No photos, but here’s the boys in the snow ❄️ ⛄️ ... See MoreSee Less

What a cracking visit the boys and my volunteer team had today! We went to Woodside House, Norwich, Minidonks fourth visit there! I couldn’t have asked Alfie and Rubik for more today, they worked so well, one very proud Mum. One lady said that that the boys were just ‘magic’. We got a wonderful response from another gentleman, who had shortly woken up, he was so happy to see Rubik. Thank you to my lovely team for their handling of the boys. Thank you to Woodside for having us again, and we look forward to returning next year 😊. No photos, but here’s the boys in the snow ❄️ ⛄️Image attachment

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Gosh they look so different there! Woolley bears 🐻

Bless them I love them all xxx

Oh look at them 💕💕

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Feedback from previous visits

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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’.

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!

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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