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Due to the current restrictions in place to contain the spread of coronavirus, we have suspended all our wellbeing visits. We have postponed all our public visits in line with government guidance.  We will  resume visits as soon as it is safe to do so, and will continue to follow all relevant government guidance. We are issuing daily "virtual visits" via our Facebook page to keep in touch with the special people that we visit and the staff who care for them. We send our best wishes to everyone working to keep vulnerable safe at this difficult time.

We appreciate any support you can provide us with at this difficult time. You can Browse our Minidonks MerchandiseSponsor one of our Minidonks, and you can Make a donation via our Justgiving page.

Any support you can give will mean that we will be here, ready and poised to carry on our life enhancing work, just as soon as it is safe to do so.
Thank you.

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.

Miniature Donkeys in stable
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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.

Office Donkeys

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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Little Jack Rabbit came indoors on Tuesday to see our “Christmas Stick” and meet Mr Sprout! He was a very good boy. He spent about 5 minutes indoors and then went back out to the yard where his mum was busy eating!!

We are starting to get excited about the possibility that we will be able to get back to doing what we do best, visiting people with life limiting conditions. But we don’t think we will have any real income until the summer of 2021. So, if you want some beautiful Minidonk Christmas cards, or our photo calendar, or a Maude Mug, and so much more, check out our Minidonk Merchandise at www.Minidonks.org.uk

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aw handsome chap

Not so little now, he has grown so much. Lovely to see you Jack x

Hi he is adorable bless him xxx 💘💘💘

Absolutely adorable x Merry Christmas everybody and little Jack Rabbit 🎅🏻🎄💕xxx

I have a Christmas stick too!

I just love him ❤

He is so big now bless him xxxx

So special

Joel Burch my Husband ❤️🥰

So cute and tiny 😍

He is a awesome and a sweet hearted donkey that loves there human friend’s 💙🥰❤️

He's gotten so big!!

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We are getting festive today with thanks to our friends at 1 Sewardstone Close. We received a beautiful Christmas rainbow in the post, as a thank you for our activity pack and goodie box! We love it and send our thanks for such a thoughtful, beautiful, hand made gift. Priceless! And we’ve added a few festive donkey photos for you all as well, including Jack’s first visit indoors to see our “Christmas stick” 🤣🎄🎄🤣

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Good morning to you all x. Thank you for the photos as they brighten up every morning x

Our very special knitter, Kathleen has been twinkling away with her knitting needles again and we have 6 more Minidonk Maudes, our very own special dinky donk mascot, needing new homes in time for Christmas. Our super-sponsor volunteer Linda really goes to town on the packaging and presentation of these beautiful gifts and they really are very special.

If you would like your very own Maude or would like to send one to someone as a gift, please email sponsor@minidonks.org.uk and Linda will do the rest. They are £30 which includes first class p&p. Please note, Maudes are not available via the online shop as we don’t want anyone to be disappointed if they go out of stock.

We will be dispatching shop orders and Maudes up to 18th December, so have a look at www.Minidonks.org.uk and get some presents that really make a difference.

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My great nieces just adore their Maudes. X

Fantastic love xxx 💖💖

Hello hello! My partner and I took the boys for a short walk in the village yesterday, it was lovely and quiet. Rubik was an absolute gem, however Alf was very overexcited, kicking his heels in the air, and getting a bit frustrated that we weren’t allowing him snack time! Hopefully we’ll be back out walking the boys weekly after the 2nd. Sorry for my commentary, it was only a quick video on the fly! ... See MoreSee Less

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Oh you lovely lovely boys - I’m sure Mr Alf was sorry if he misbehaved! Little tinker. Xxxx

Hi they are adorable bless them love to you all xxx xxx 💝💝💝💝

They're such lovely boys Steph ❤️ xxx

Lovely x lovely boys x they make my heart sing bless them xxx 💝💙💝💙💝

Love them both, handsome boys! ♥️

Gorgeous boys 😍🥰 xxx

How lovely to see ‘our’ Rubik. What a handsome boy! X

They are sooo cute 😍

OMG so beautiful x

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We are down to our last 15 calendars (we re-ordered 30 as they had been so popular). They are £10 each, which includes first class UK p&p. They come in a sturdy cardboard backed envelope and if you want them for gifts we can send them out to your selected recipients with a gift card. Order via our online shop at www.Minidonks.org.uk

If you are an existing 100 club member, we need to know by 1st December if you wish to retain your number/s. If you would like to join our 100 club we may have a few numbers come available. Just £12 for a year, with a 1 in 100 chance of winning up to £25 each month - better odds than The Lottery!! Please email sponsor@minidonks.org.uk in either case.

Oh, and some out takes from our recent Donkeys In Christmas gear photo shoot!

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Love mine. Thank you Sarah. Xx

I did order last weekend but haven’t received order yet. Not worried as everyone is busy. Also ordered some cards 😊

Morning all! Just a quick thank you to all those who wished me a Happy Birthday on Thursday, I hit the big 30, it wasn’t the celebration we had planned, however my family, partners family and friends made it very special.
Today we are off to buy a Christmas tree. So I thought I’d share some Christmassy photos from December 2019. Although we won’t be able to spread our Minidonk cheer in our usual way this year, we are thinking of those we have visited, shared laughter with, bought smiles to our faces, and revelled together in the happiness that these little beings bring ❤️
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Belated Happy Birthday to you x🎂🥂

Happy belated birthday

Beautiful pictures

Good morning Minidonkers!! Well, it’s a pretty foggy old start to the day at Minidonk HQ. Head of Security feels the cold, so he is snugged up in his camouflage jimjams (you may not be able to spot him in the photo 🤣🤣🤣). Head of No One Knows What keeps warm in her own woolly coat, and I am afraid to report that Head of Rodent Control is in danger of having his job title stripped from him. He looks more like a Christmas pudding than a lithe rodent-busting mean machine these days! We hope you are all keeping safe, and on this foggy Friday, keeping warm and snugged up yourselves. ... See MoreSee Less

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Morning Sarah, love the pictures x

Great photos 🥰

Very good idea.

Today is a special day at Minidonks, which is why we are allowed to do two posts! Way back in 2017 we were offered at free stand at The Norfolk Show. One of the people who came to see us there was our very own Steph Collingbourne. She loved what we do and we loved her. Within 12 months she had her own donkeys, Alfie and Rubik and had become an integral part of Minidonks. Without Steph, Minidonks would not be the enterprise that it is. She is determined, hard working, inspiring, fun, dedicated and just all round special! So Steph, we are all wishing you a very Happy Birthday 🥳 and would like to thank you for everything that you have brought to us at Minidonks. Xxxx ... See MoreSee Less

Today is a special day at Minidonks, which is why we are allowed to do two posts! Way back in 2017 we were offered at free stand at The Norfolk Show. One of the people who came to see us there was our very own Steph Collingbourne. She loved what we do and we loved her. Within 12 months she had her own donkeys, Alfie and Rubik and had become an integral part of Minidonks. Without Steph, Minidonks would not be the enterprise that it is. She is determined, hard working, inspiring, fun, dedicated and just all round special! So Steph, we are all wishing you a very Happy Birthday 🥳 and would like to thank you for everything that you have brought to us at Minidonks. Xxxx

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Happy Birthday Steph x

Happy birthday Steph. Hope you have a great day

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Steph.

Thank you so much ☺️. I am truly blessed to have met you and your donks. Joining the Minidonk team is one of the best things I’ve ever done ❤️ xxx (Sorry it won’t let me comment as me!!!)

Happy birthday Steph

Have a wonderful day Steph Collingbourne... love from us all at The White House x x x 🥳

Happy Birthday Steph x enjoy your special day xxx 🎉🎂🎁

Happy birthday

Happy birthday Steph! Hope you have a lovely day and the boys give you special birthday cuddles! Xx

Happy Birhday Steph!!!! Lots of love from me Erin and all at TADDS!!!! XXXX

Happy birthday 🎉x

happy happy birthday Steph!! our team wouldn’t be complete without you and your boys 💛

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Russet 'Maude' Magic

Dinky Donk 'Maude' Mascot

Unfortunately, MAUDE is currently sold out, please mail sponsor@minidonks.org.uk if you would like to pre-order.

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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

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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’.

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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