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Our most important team members – the donkeys!

Saffron

Saffron

Saffron, mother to Pippin and our oldest donkey. Saffron is the matriarch of our donkey herd. She is very vocal, especially at feed times and loves nothing better than a good bottom scratch. She has even been known to reverse up to people and ask for a scratch!

Saffy does not always enjoy going indoors and so her favourite visits are the ones where she can stay outside eating.

Bo Peep

Bo Peep

Bo Peep is our next oldest donkey and mother to Pixie and Millie. Bo Peep is a quiet soul and will enjoy a cuddle on her own terms. She has a special feeling for people who are poorly, who need a bit of a boost, or who are real animal lovers.

She will make a bee line for certain people on visits and quite often we find that the person has worked with horses or kept donkeys. Bo Peep enjoys a quiet neck rub or chest scratch.

Pippin

Pippin

Pippin is the first donkey that we bred. She is a brilliant therapy donkey and has done visits with her mum, Saffy, since she was 8 weeks old.

She loves playing football, running around the field and stealing apples!

Pixie

Pixie

Pixie lives up to her name. She loves going on visits, giving cuddles and eating ginger biscuits! She is a real poser and loves having her photo taken.

Her favourite things are trying to bully Pippin and chasing Gordon the cat.

Millie

Second daughter to Bo Peep, she is our youngest donkey and is an absolute sweetheart. She started going out on therapy visits when she was 3 months old.

She loves zooming, carrots and has carried on the Minidonk tradition of chasing Gordon the cat.

Jack

Jack

Jack’s full name is Russet Apple Jack, but at home he is known as Little Jack Rabbit. He was born on 1st August 2020. He is Saffy’s second foal and the first ever boy we have bred ourselves!

He is a beautiful brown grey colour, with the most amazing black tipped ears you ever did see.

Rubik

Rubik is a very clever donkey, or shall we say mischievous problem solver! He officially joined the Minidonk team in April 2018. He started young as a therapy donkey, so has shown Alfie the ropes, and has naturally become the leader.

Rubik enjoys eating (all the time!), playing with Alfie and agility training.

Alfie

Alfie is like a big fluffy teddy bear, he is very cuddly and enjoys being stroked. He also officially joined the Minidonk team in April 2018, and has taken to doing visits very well.

Alfie’s favourite things to do are rolling in the dirt, knocking over water buckets and throwing around his orange ball.

Gordon

Gordon is not a donkey, he is a pussycat in every sense of the word. He loves a cuddle and a face scratch. He is bullied by the donkeys but loves it when they are all tied up being groomed because then he can strut about the yard unmolested.

He has caught well over 50 rats and mice and we have no more trouble in the feed shed.

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah McPherson is our Founder and Managing Director. She started Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing Ltd after losing her mum to dementia and looking after her dad who has vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Her first donkey visit was to the nursing home where they were both living. She loves what she does and is passionate about keeping her donkeys healthy and happy, and using them to bring happiness to people who are in need of a boost.

Our volunteers
We couldn’t do anything without our dedicated band of volunteers. We have a team of 12, and growing every day, and these are a few of our volunteers.

Sandra

Sandra

Sandra joined us at the very beginning of our enterprise. She loves being with the donkeys and helping to deliver our wellbeing visits. She says this about being a volunteer for Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing Ltd , “After my husband died it left a void in my life and volunteering with Sarah has really helped with that….volunteering with the donkeys is wonderful. I really feel like I belong to something really important.

Steph

Steph

Steph joined the team in 2017 and was so inspired by Sarah’s passion for mini donks and the work they do, she now has two Donks of her own. Steph says, “‘When I first met Sarah and the Mini Donks last June, I thought what a extraordinary idea, and after losing my Grandad to mixed Alzheimer’s and Dementia, I immediately wanted to join as a volunteer. When we enter a room with the mini donks, the surprised looks and huge smiles on people’s faces makes it such a joy to do!’”

Lisa

Lisa

Not all our volunteers can regularly take part in visits, Lisa enjoys helping out behind the scenes & her previous experience working with young stock on Thoroughbred Stud Farms comes in handy when walking the young donkeys in the middle of winter when they can be a bit flighty. Lisa says “Spending time with the Minidonks, Sarah and the other volunteers is such a positive and enjoyable experience. The donkeys have such great characters they can’t help but make you smile and it’s always wonderful to see the looks on people’s faces when they get to meet them. The donkeys really do bring joy to wherever they go.

We are always looking for new volunteers to help with the donkeys, with visits, with admin and fundraising. If you think there is something that you could do to help us please give us a call.

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Morning!!! It was a blustery ol’ day on Monday, but we had another fab volunteer session at our yard. The boys were really happy to see Sandra and Linda! They had a thorough groom, then they put on their brave pants and out we ventured for a walk. They even got a special bag of carrots from Linda! Looking forward to returning to visits very soon - watch this space 🤩!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Good morning, hope you all have a lovely day including the donkeys x 🥰❤🐾

Beautiful pictures and looks like it was great hope you all have a great day love xxx xxx 💘💘💘💘

Happy thoughtful Thursday x So lovely to see you all out walking and enjoying yourselves x wish I could join you lovelies x 💝💝💝

All lovely do hope to see them soon👍😍

We are open for bookings! We are looking forward with real joy and optimism in our hearts. We cannot wait to see our old friends and make many,many more new ones. From 21st June (continued lifting of Covid restrictions allowing) we can take bookings that involve indoor visits. Between 17th May and 21st June we will be doing outdoor visits. We are booking up quickly, so if you want a visit soon, for the summer, autumn or dare I say it, Christmas, email us, info@minidonks.org.uk for a booking form and book your visit. Our cuddle monsters are looking forward to seeing you all....... ... See MoreSee Less

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Great news Sarah x

Really pleased to see you are getting booked up 😊

Well done everyone, have a lovely day x 🥰💖

Lauren Giles get in touch with kash and let's get a day booked! Xx

Looking forward to you coming next week x

Lovely news!

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Like all little boys, Jack finds that sometimes the box is more exciting than the present! ... See MoreSee Less

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That is so lovely to see bless him xxx 💙💙

When they get bigger they then like to take the present apart!!

Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day as the weather is lovely xx 🥰🐾☀️

Ah bless him Jack is adorable xx 💕💕

Pure joy

When you doing visits to care homes again please

Aw love them xx

Victoria Haddow

Sharon Coby are you sure about wanting a mini donkey? 😆

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The boys have a special message going out to one of their favourite people today! Wishing Issy a very Happy Birthday! The boys are looking forward to seeing you hopefully very soon! Have a wonderful day!

Also, Grandad and Dad started building the donkey shelter yesterday - the outside is done, just the inside to go! Have a look for the before photo! Will post the after on Friday!
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Issy says thank you very much, fingers crossed we'll be seeing you in 3 weeks🤞

Happy Monday have a lovely day x 💖🥰

So cute🥰

In a bit of a rush this morning, so just got a few photos for you...... happy Sunday! ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Sunday sending lots of Sunday cuddles and hugs xxx 💘💘💘

Happy Sunday to you all

Nice looking hat on this donkey beautiful d

Nice looking hat on this beautiful donkey

Happy Sunday morning, have a lovely day, the weather is lovely xx ☀️🐾🥰

Love all the photo’s

Ah thanks for photos 🤗

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Today is world donkey day. To celebrate we are going to share some of our all time favourite donkey photos. Happy World Donkey Day!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you beautiful pictures happy World Donkey Day bless you all xxx xxx 💝💝💝

Happy World Donkey Day Sarah. Hope you are all well🐴xx

Happy donkey Dayton everyone🐕🥰💜❤️☕️🍪🎂

The cutest little baby x

We are feeling blessed this morning! Maude took delivery of her new wheels yesterday! Huge thanks to the wonderful people at Wordwall - we now have a vehicle to tow an extra trailer, our poo 💩 trailer and get our pop-up shop to events far and wide. More photos to follow once we have got all our special graphics set up. Then, we got a message from our friends at Oakes Court, with pictures of their raffle prizes, including some beautiful Maude and friends glove puppets, where they raised some funds for The Minidonks! Thank you all so very much. And we will have some very exciting news coming along in the next few days about how you might be able to join in with some fundraising for us..... and then a few photos of some of our special Minidonk friends, enjoying some donkey and human company. Have a great day! ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful pictures God Bless you all 🙏xxx 💞💞

So delighted it all worked with the new truck 💖

Woo Hoo!! What a truck!!

Love, love, love!

What goes around comes around - you thoroughly deserve it. You have an amazing network of support out there who really appreciate the difference you make to people's lives. Sending Big Hugs to Wordwall too!♥️

Oakes Court are only too glad to help such a wonderful team.❤️

That is a fine set of wheels and totally fitting to help transport those gorgeous miniDonks. Xx

Great pictures and such positive news 🥰 xx

Good morning, great pictures xx ❤🥰🐾

Wonderful news❣️ you and the Donks deserve this.

Looking forward to seeing you soon. X

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It’s sunny in Suffolk this morning!!! Hope it’s shining wherever you are. We had an impromptu walk with the boys on bank holiday Monday, it was the furthest we’ve ever walked around the village - the boys really enjoyed it! We also had delivery of their new shelter yesterday, which their Dad and Grandad are kindly going to build this weekend - will show you the result on Monday! Have a good one 🙃 ... See MoreSee Less

It’s sunny in Suffolk this morning!!! Hope it’s shining wherever you are. We had an impromptu walk with the boys on bank holiday Monday, it was the furthest we’ve ever walked around the village - the boys really enjoyed it! We also had delivery of their new shelter yesterday, which their Dad and Grandad are kindly going to build this weekend - will show you the result on Monday! Have a good one 🙃Image attachmentImage attachment

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Good morning have a lovely day x ❤🐾💖

Well done boys on walking so far! And you peoples too😆

Hope you all have a great day bless you all xxx xxx 💝💝💝💝

Looking gorgeous everyone

Happy busy building weekend xx lots of hugs and cuddles minidonks xxx 💝🤗💝🤗💝🤗

Welllll sweet

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Feedback from previous visits

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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