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Lovely visit to Saxlingham Hall this morning. No pictures to share, but lots of memories. Two ladies had owned donkeys before, one lady had horses. Beautiful sunny morning and most residents came out and enjoyed ice lollies and watching the donks. Millie was a particular star and went up in the lift to visit people in their rooms.
If you would like to see the Minidonks, they will be at The Aylsham Show on Monday!
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We need your help! Every now and then, the Minidonk MD gets it wrong. We have a note in our diary, "Steph's Donks Felixstowe tbc" for Monday 9th September. We cannot find a booking form (a requirement for every visit to be confirmed) any emails, nothing. So, if you know any care homes in Felixstowe, please share this post, and hopefully we will find whoever might be expecting us, or we will find that someone made an enquiry and no longer wants a visit. All help gratefully accepted! ... See MoreSee Less

We need your help! Every now and then, the Minidonk MD gets it wrong. We have a note in our diary, Stephs Donks Felixstowe tbc for Monday 9th September. We cannot find a booking form (a requirement for every visit to be confirmed) any emails, nothing. So, if you know any care homes in Felixstowe, please share this post, and hopefully we will find whoever might be expecting us, or we will find that someone made an enquiry and no longer wants a visit. All help gratefully accepted!

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Happy Friday to the Minidonks. 🥰

What a fab Happy pic love to you too 💕

We had such fun grooming.. great stress therapy! Xx

Unbelievably cute & the donkeys! 😉 xxx

Morning Minidonks! Are they out and about anywhere over the bank holiday weekend? Xx

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I am struggling to find the words to describe our visit today. We took Bo Peep and Millie to The Hamlet Centre (day services for young adults with complex needs). The donkeys were just amazing. They coped brilliantly with noise, wheelchairs, different levels of interaction, being brushed and led by the young people. Our volunteers were amazing, chatting, communicating, encouraging the young people to get the most out of our visit. The staff at The Hamlet that were so supportive and ensured that everyone was safe, cared for with love and welcomed the donkey team with open arms. We hope to have some photos to share soon, and I will try to share some of today’s special moments; watching the huge smile on the face of a young man as he led Millie around from his wheelchair indoors and out. The beauty of Bo Peep standing so quietly, being groomed by two young women who were clearly having the time of their lives, the staff member saying that one young man never gets up and joins in group activities and here he was, outside with everyone, stroking the donkeys and bonding with one of our volunteers. Special special visit. ... See MoreSee Less

I am struggling to find the words to describe our visit today. We took Bo Peep and Millie to The Hamlet Centre (day services for young adults with complex needs). The donkeys were just amazing. They coped brilliantly with noise, wheelchairs, different levels of interaction, being brushed and led by the young people. Our volunteers were amazing, chatting, communicating, encouraging the young people to get the most out of our visit. The staff at The Hamlet that were so supportive and ensured that everyone was safe, cared for with love and welcomed the donkey team with open arms. We hope to have some photos to share soon, and I will try to share some of today’s special moments; watching the huge smile on the face of a young man as he led Millie around from his wheelchair indoors and out. The beauty of Bo Peep standing so quietly, being groomed by two young women who were clearly having the time of their lives, the staff member saying that one young man never gets up and joins in group activities and here he was, outside with everyone, stroking the donkeys and bonding with one of our volunteers. Special special visit.Image attachmentImage attachment

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Spreading love and joy x

My daughter was one of the young adults with special needs at the hamlet centre & she had an amazing time as did everyone else with your amazing donkeys they all loved the experience 😊 thank you 😊

Love taking our little Junebug to these facilities ❤️

I absolutely love reading your updates, what a fantastic job you all do, those little donkeys are so special and bring such happiness. X

Fantastic job beautiful gentle Team Mini Donk and your amazing volunteers - you make such a difference and spread love and joy wherever you go ❤️❤️❤️

All your visits are amazing, you spread so much joy x

HOW WONDERFUL😀😀👍💜🙏💙🐾🐾🌷🎈🎉🎊

Wonderful!

Love this. So wonderful that you can bring happiness to others.

Yes we agree. Melvin said that he loved it and enjoy it very much a big thank you to you all

How very very wonderful! ❣🙏🥰

Hooray!

Wonderful

Megan Marie

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Another day, another cracking visit. We took Pippin and Pixie to The Crown Rest Home in Dunham. We met such beautiful people, who came outside, in the sunshine, to sit and watch and stroke and listen to the donkeys. We did our usual indoor room visits, including one lovely gentleman who wanted to place a bet on Pippin as he thought she looked a likely runner! Then there were the ladies who smiled and laughed when Pippin whispered in their ears, and another gentleman who shared stories about his working life. I was really very touched when I shook hands with another gentleman as we were leaving, and he thanked me for bringing the donkeys and said, “I love it here. I live here, but I don’t come out in the garden much and has been lovely coming out to see the donkeys, thank you.” Just a few photos, but the memories of meeting all these lovely people (and the staff were very nice as well!) will stay with me for a long time. Thanks, as always, to my amazing volunteers. ... See MoreSee Less

No photos today, but a very special visit. We had plenty of volunteers, my girls have all had two weeks off, so we took all four (Saffy is still away). We took them indoors, down corridors, up and down slopes, in the lift (Millie), into bedrooms...... and then went back and did it all again. It made my day to see the reactions from some of these special people. The lady who said, “thank you so much for bringing them, that has been the best day ever”, and the lady who we visited in her bedroom three times because she just loved the donks so much. Our volunteers, some of whom were leading donks on a care home visit for the first time. I felt really touched and humbled that our little family of people and donkeys really do bring a little joy into people’s lives. ... See MoreSee Less

No photos today, but a very special visit. We had plenty of volunteers, my girls have all had two weeks off, so we took all four (Saffy is still away). We took them indoors, down corridors, up and down slopes, in the lift (Millie), into bedrooms...... and then went back and did it all again. It made my day to see the reactions from some of these special people. The lady who said, “thank you so much for bringing them, that has been the best day ever”, and the lady who we visited in her bedroom three times because she just loved the donks so much. Our volunteers, some of whom were leading donks on a care home visit for the first time. I felt really touched and humbled that our little family of people and donkeys really do bring a little joy into people’s lives.

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I'm missing you all, but at least I'm off to some sun! See you when I get back. Well done girls and a well deserved break.

I can't wait for you to visit us in September ❤️ love seeing all your pictures of visits and the smiles it puts on people's faces x

Sounds like a lovely visit ❤️

Don't sell yourselves short, you bring a great deal of joy to many, many people including myself, thousands of miles away in donkey-less Harbor Beach, Michigan USA! I love you guys!

Whoop whoop whoop...... busy week in Minidonk world. First of all, Gordon is back off to the vets this morning for a pre-dental check up (if I can find him to put him in the dreaded cat-cage). Tuesday we are off to Little Dunham for another care home visit then we are off to Norwich with the donks on Wednesday and finishing the week off with a visit to the care home where the MD’s dad lives. We will be at the Aylsham show on Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August. ... See MoreSee Less

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Gorgeous Gordy! 💗🤗😻 Hello mate!

I know which I would rather take to the vets, and it’s not the cat!

good luck gordon - no-one likes to visit the dentist so you are not alone <3

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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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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’.

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

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

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!

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