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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.

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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And another little birthday treat for Immy - we caught Pippin having a sneaky little nap in the field yesterday..... ... See MoreSee Less

We have a big Birthday post going out today to one of Pippin's very special sponsors, Immy! We hope that you are able to have a fab birthday, and that you can get to do some fun things. We can't be out and about so we thought we would share a few photos with you of Pippin, when she was a baby donkey. There might be a special card in the post today we well! We hope you have a great day 🎂🍰🥕🥳 ... See MoreSee Less

Good morning everyone! The boys have had the photographer round! Think you can tell who is the most photogenic. I was told Alf was very forthcoming and intrigued by the camera, think he was checking which was his best side 😂. Thank you Richard! Hope you all enjoy the ☀️, have a great day 🤩 ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful photos 🙂

Just beautiful. Xxxxx

So beautifulxxxx

Oh my gosh! Steph these are gorgeous photos, you must be so pleased. They will be inundated with girls now you know. They’ll be no living with them after this. 😆💕

They are all georgous 😍 Xx

Beautiful ❤️

You just want to hug them

Beautiful boys ❤️❤️❤️

So cute. L x

Gorgeous x

Gorgeous! I'm sure you've heard that Arnold Schwarzenegger shares his life with a mini donkey called Lulu. I wonder if he would like to know about your wonderful work? Just an idea 😉

Absolutely adorable.💗

Just gorgeous ❤️

Lovely boys lovely to sell in shop

They are both so beautiful. Id just love to cuddle them🤗

Oh bless my boys ! How gorgeous xx

Happy together, so loving.xxxx

Oh Steph love the one of the two of them together defo my favorite pic yet x

Absolutely lovely 😍

Oh look at there faces they are so cute

Amazing gorgeousness 😍

Handsome boys.xxx

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And more feedback on our activity packs - Burlingham House are enjoying Linda’s donkey dot to dot and a few extra bits and pieces she has sent! ... See MoreSee Less

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You're very welcome guys... lovely to see those smiles. I'm on the case of a few more bits and pieces in the next couple of weeks.🙂

Today’s post goes out to anyone who needs a cuddle. Social distancing is not natural. Animals, and especially us humans, thrive on the touch of a friend. Our Minidonks are no different. They are missing their cuddles, so when we spend some special time on the yard with them, they love it. So from us to you, here is a big hug. Xxxx ... See MoreSee Less

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I really cannot wait to pop over and see these beautiful babies x

Thank you that is great and big hugs for everyone bless you all xxx 💕💕

This is so true. The hardest part of this is not being able to touch. Your minidonks are so used to being cuddled all day they too must really miss it. Sending a hug to you and them x

Absolutely gorgeous! Hope to see you in Mundesley soon! Xxxxx

Please hug Gordon if you're feeling brave! Love Hugo.

Think we all need extra hugs. Sending a hug to the mono donkeys.

Lovely pictures you old softie!

So gorgeous! and send Gordon to Linda, she’ll sort him out! 😉

I'm so looking forward to my volunteer training!

Lovely cuddles from our donkey friends, what a happy way to spend the day.x

Thank you for my lovely minidonk delivery, lovely ❤️virtual hugs x

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Good Morning Minidonkers! We have been busy during lockdown. We have been talking to the places we visit, we have been sending cards and newsletter and we have been developing new ideas. Our very special Sponsor Coordinator, Linda White has been using her creative flair to develop a Minidonk Magic Activity Pack. The pack is being trialed at 6 care homes and we are getting some wonderful feedback. We have applied to The National Lottery for funding to enable us to make and distribute 500 activity packs to care homes. Here is how some of the residents at NorseCare Oakes Court have reacted to the pack - we have been blown away by the creativity! ... See MoreSee Less

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Blown away by the response... thank you Oakes Court have sent more dot-to-dots to keep you busy. x 🙂

How lovely 😊💕💙

Fantastic work looks like it is being done there! Well done everyone. Your work looks great 🎉👍🏻👏🥳

Jan

Well done. Great ideas.

Absolutely marvellous.❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🌈😉

Thank you very much for allowing us to trial your activity pack it was great fun for our tenants while they have been in lock down. As you can see one of our tenants adapted the peg donkey by putting wheels on him. We received our dot to dot in the post this morning and our tenants are already enjoying joining the dots. I would highly recommend the pack it is full of brilliant things to do singing along to the wonky donkey was very funny and enjoyable. As you can see some of our staff joined in the mask making and thought they were better than the PPE masks we currently have to wear in care homes, don’t think unfortunately they will be standard Norse care PPE issue. Again thank you so much you are amazing and we can’t wait to see the donks again soon.❤️

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Today's post goes out to one of our very own volunteers, Jo Wright, whose birthday it is today! Happy Birthday Jo! Here are a few archive photos of Pippin (an maybe one or two of the other donks and beasts) for you 🍾🍰🎂🍾 ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy Birthday.🎉

Happy birthday Jo 🎂

Hope you have a great day Jo, Happy birthday! 🎉🥳

Happy birthday Jo - enjoy your day!

Happy birthday 😎☀️🥂

Happy Birthday Jo 🥳! Xxx

Happy birthday Jo. You do an awesome job.❤️❤️

Beautiful photos, so love donkeys.x

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday!

‘You can’t buy love’
‘You can’t buy loyalty so they say;
I bought it though, the other day.

You can’t buy friendship, tried and true;
Well just the same, I bought that too.

I made my bid and on the spot,
Bought love and faith, and a whole lot of happiness.
So all in all,
The purchase price was pretty small.

I bought a simple trusting heart,
That gave devotion from the start.

If you think these things are not for sale,
Buy a brown eye donk with a rope like tail.’

I came across this poem when I first got the boys, and it rang true ❤️
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Happy Bank Holiday Monday! 

‘You can’t buy love’
‘You can’t buy loyalty so they say;
I bought it though, the other day.

You can’t buy friendship, tried and true;
Well just the same, I bought that too.

I made my bid and on the spot,
Bought love and faith, and a whole lot of happiness.
So all in all,
The purchase price was pretty small.

I bought a simple trusting heart,
That gave devotion from the start.

If you think these things are not for sale,
Buy a brown eye donk with a rope like tail.’

I came across this poem when I first got the boys, and it rang true ❤️Image attachment

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Yes Happy Holiday Monday to you all bless you all xxx 💕

Oh wow, that is a perfect picture of a donkey, even if I didn’t see the word mischievous and eating machine. Lovely boys! 💕

Beautiful ❤️

What a perfect picture of love xx

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Feedback from previous visits

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’.

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.

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.

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 get smiles where nothing else can – thank you so much

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.

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 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.

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

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

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