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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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What a fantastic couple of visits Alfie and Rubik have had! Today we were at Shiels Court, Brundall, where some residents were so excited to see the boys that they braved the morning chill to come outside! We then took the boys indoors and met two very special ladies; one said she just loved the donks and the other, we visited in her room, who said she couldn’t believe that they would be that handsome! No photos from today, but on Thursday we went to Oaklands Care Home, Scole, where we were met with so many smiles and laughs! We visited the residents in the living and dining rooms, making lots of new friends and getting lots of fuss. One lady liked Rubik so much she gave him a huge hug, and another gentleman, who was partially sighted, loved being able to feel Alfie 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

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Always get tears in my eyes seeing the photos, such wonderful work you all do x

And some more footage from our big surprise..... ... See MoreSee Less

Here is the big surprise in full for those of you who missed it going out to over 5 million people last night!
Thank you The National Lottery Community Fund and the production team. It has been a wonderful whirlwind journey. Xxx
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Wow! Congratulations to you Sarah and your fabulous team. You are an amazing lady and it’s been fabulous to watch your dream grow year after year. So so happy for you. You absolutely deserve the most special of ‘Thank you’s’ for all of those special, unique and unforgettable memories that you have created for so many dementia sufferers and their families. I feel so blessed to have experienced some of those moments with you and the donks, and hold those moments and memories close to my heart 💕💕💕. Big love and hugs beautiful lady ♥️ Netty xxxx

So so deserved Sarah - you, Team Mini Donk and your fantastic volunteers are amazing and the joy you bring is incalculable. Keep up the fantastic work ❤️❤️❤️

Sarah I am so proud to see how far you have come and how many lives you have touched and made a lasting difference to. It doesn’t seem five minutes since we were all sat around that table full of good ideas. You are an inspiration. X

Well done. You've got a fantastic life with those beautiful donks, and, bringing joy to so many others.. Keep going 💕💕

Much deserved. Ever since I saw your presentation at The Co-Operative membership meeting I’ve followed you on Facebook. So pleased x

Wow Sarah you are just amazing, we've both come a long way from a few years ago ! Am so proud of you and what you've achieved. Love and miss you loads xxx

💖 Congratulations Sarah and Team Minidonk! I was so pleased and proud watching that advert last night! 💖

How absolutely wonderful ❤️ A beautiful person 🤝 Beautiful people and lovely donkeys. You are all absolutely amazing 😊

Fabulous what a great surprise Sarah. You and Your team are truly amazing 😊

💕 😢 💕 😢 💕 How lovely....💕 but it did make me cry too....😭 I'm so pleased for you all 😀 I know....I'm a soppy b****r (but don't tell everyone 🤫)

Incredible that’s amazing and so are you. So chuffed for you ❤️🦋🎉🥂

Congratulations, well deserved Sarah !

Awesome! So very well deserved with all of your hard work to make it all possible. Well done fabulous lady! Xx

So very very well deserved. You are a very very special lady xxx

I stopped my birthday celebrations last night to watch this ☺️ just love Sarah and her donkeys. Xx

Watched it, brilliant and well deserved.❤️

It was lovely xx

Congratulations 🤝

Well deserved xx

Huge congratulations ❤️

WOW well deserved

Trevor Kennedy Claire Chapman just in case you missed this xxxx Love you Sarah 😍

Maisie Alida look at this !!! Brilliant for them!

Grace Thomas

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8.45 tonight........ we thought it was 8.15?? ... See MoreSee Less

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Just saw the advert..how lovely! 😊 Can't wait to see you guys Monday! X

I saw it on ITV+1 a few minutes ago. Wonderful and very emotional💗

Sarah Stuttle

Jazmin Wiles I can see you 🤣

I work with the best team in the world.... Saturday, ITV 8.15pm find out why/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Your all such amazing people well done ❤️xx

Beautiful.

tell me !!!! 😮😮

Do you like a surprise? Then tune in to ITV this Saturday at 8pm. Wait for the first advert break and prepare to be surprised........ ... See MoreSee Less

Do you like a surprise? Then tune in to ITV this Saturday at 8pm. Wait for the first advert break and prepare to be surprised........

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Great photo! Xx

Fantastic!! Wish I could see it. Those donks are doing so well.

Fabulous pic...!

I’ll definitely watch.

I'm a little teapot " Rap Style" Can't wait 😂

Okay, I gotta find out what and ITV is.......😍

A seriously dedicated Donkey Wrangler and gifted CEO does her favourite "I'm a little teapot" party piece...

Oooh! Can't wait! 🤗🌟🥳💪❣

Looks like the perfect stance of a successful football manager... maybe that's next - Mini Donks United! x

Intriguing...

Jazmin Wiles

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When your volunteers come back from a visit full of smiles, and stories of the people they have met, and full of how loving the donkeys have been. When the feedback from the care home is 5 out of 5 on all areas of our operation. When the highlights of the visit say, “it was so amazing to see all the residents smiling and the interaction between the donkeys and the residents. Also visiting rooms, one lady in particular it was the highlight of the year for her. She really loved them.”
Then you know that what you are doing is a good thing, from the heart.
Well done team - another cracking visit. Minidonks rock!
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When your volunteers come back from a visit full of smiles, and stories of the people they have met, and full of how loving the donkeys have been. When the feedback from the care home is 5 out of 5 on all areas of our operation. When the highlights of the visit say, “it was so amazing to see all the residents smiling and the interaction between the donkeys and the residents. Also visiting rooms, one lady in particular it was the highlight of the year for her. She really loved them.”
Then you know that what you are doing is a good thing, from the heart.
Well done team - another cracking visit. Minidonks rock!

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There should be so much more of this everywhere! The elderly sit with little excitement most days, and most would've had some link with animals, is wonderful! 💜❤

Love you.xxxxx

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Feedback from previous visits

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

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.

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’.

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

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.

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 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.

Thank you, they were amazing. The patients 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.

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

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.

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

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