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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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Oh Boy, have we got something exciting for you all today! Our Maude has been very, very busy working on a secret surprise for you all. Well, we can now reveal that she has been working on a Mini-Maude-Well-being mail out, as a thank you for all your support over the past months, and as a celebration of Valentine’s Day.
She will tell you all about in her video - listen to the end for the best smackaroo you will get this year!
The highlights are:
A special email activity Pack
Available completely free for anyone who wants one
4 activities
A mini-make (craft activity)
A mini-bake (yummy recipe)
A mini mindfulness activity
A mini mindfulness colouring sheet.

The pack is available by email, is completely free of charge and it is for anyone and everyone. The home schoolers, those living on their own, care home activity coordinators, home workers who need a break.

So how do you get one? Just email sponsor@minidonks.org.uk by 8th February, and we will send out your pack from 9th February.

I am afraid that we do not have the resources to send out physical packs in the post this time, so it is email only.

Sponsor@minidonks.org.uk

The National Lottery Community Fund Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

#communitiescan
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Lisa Hutchinson might me good for your kids?

Sherylanne Hodgins something for your gang?

Sounds brilliant, if its as good as the last ones everyone will get lots of fun and enjoyment out of the pack.❤️❤️

Our rescue dog, Busso, Mr B, Bob the Dog, Head of Security here at Minidonk HQ has hijacked this morning’s post by hijacking the MD’s lap! He obviously felt in need of an extra cuddle this morning and climbed up insisting on snuggles. Gordon, also a rescue, has done the same, claiming the Head of Poo’s lap for one of his less attractive cuddling angles. Nino, Head of no one know’s what, is, as usual, pretty much oblivious to what is going on. So, with all this love 💕 in the air, our thoughts are turning to Valentine’s Day. If you would like to spread a little love this Valentine’s Day, you have two weeks to let us know. You could sponsor one of our beautiful donkeys, for only £35 you get a whole year’s sponsorship, with a special Valentine gift card, sponsor shop certificate, profile of your sponsored donkey and 4 reports throughout the year, along with the opportunity to get up close to the Minidonks on any of our public visits (Covid guidance permitting). We are also going to be putting together goodie boxes, which can be sent as a Valentine gift to a care home of your choice, or to a loved one....... and there may be an exciting Maude development as well. More news to follow on these special opportunities in the next two days........
Have a look at the sponsor page of our website for details on how to sponsor, and don’t forget to put your romantic message in the notes area. We will be posting out Valentine sponsor packs until 5pm on Tuesday 9th February.

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Mr B has the most beautiful face.

Thought I’d share with you a memory on mine and Sarah’s personal timelines from January 2018! We bought the boys home early Jan at 9 months old, and Sarah came to visit mid Jan for their first walk! We took them round our field on their headcollars and ropes for the first time and they were superstars ⭐️! The green is Alfie and black is Rubik. Can’t believe how little they were 🤗 ... See MoreSee Less

Thought I’d share with you a memory on mine and Sarah’s personal timelines from January 2018! We bought the boys home early Jan at 9 months old, and Sarah came to visit mid Jan for their first walk! We took them round our field on their headcollars and ropes for the first time and they were superstars ⭐️! The green is Alfie and black is Rubik. Can’t believe how little they were 🤗Image attachmentImage attachment

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I would love one of those in my house right now to cuddle up with!!!!

I would love a cuddle right now I think so many people would as well xxx

Aaah want one on my sofa in my home I'll kiss hug her every day ....food vet Bill's and lage poos come with it lol ❤

They look so small xx

Serene Sunday wishes to you all. Today we are going to focus on Millie. Our little Millie was born on the 8th September 2018. She is Bo Peep's daughter and is showing the same sensitive and loving nature as her mum. She is a beautiful dark brown colour, with very little lighter colouring. She is much smaller than the others, even though she still has a bit if growing to do, she will probably always be a micro-minidonk! She especially loves Hollie, our apprentice and she will happily go upstairs in a lift if Hollie is handling her. Here are some recent pictures of our special little Millie on the yard.
Happy Sunday!
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Good morning to you all and yes Millie is so gorgeous x

Awwwh

Aw... loved hearing about Millie and Hollies bond 💗🤗

She is beautiful....

precious

Millie is gorgeous 💖💖

Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️

A sweetheart x

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Just wanted to dedicate today’s post to the MD’s parents, both of whom lived with dementia. They are the inspiration behind Miniature Donkeys for Well-being. We lost mum in April 2017 and Ian in January 2020

Thank you 😊
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The biggest of virtual hugs xxx

I always remember your mumma with her Pringles , bless her xx

They are truly missed, lovely couple 😪 xxx

Lovely pictures Sarah xxx

❤❤❤

Yes adorable little couple 💙❤

Animals souls are just so beautiful x

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Morning morning morning! The boys have been hiding in their shelter for the past couple of days because of the 💨! We’ve been keeping them topped up with plenty of hay and straw. Hopefully they’ll venture out onto the yard today. Here’s the boys enjoying an ❄️ morning at the local arena, I think Alf got a little bit over excited 😝! ... See MoreSee Less

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Got to love a farting galloping donkey. Saffy says we’ll done Mr Alf, that’s usually my speciality! Love to you all. Xxxxx

Wind-assisted for that extra turn of speed !

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

All these methane powered minidonks... whatever next! Love them both. x😮🙂♥️

Definitely a spring in their steps !! Someone is very happy to be out xx

💕🤗 Friday love and hugs to you all x lovely to see the boys enjoying theirselves xx 💘💘💘

How sweet they are xx

Enjoy x

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Taaaa raaaaa toot toot 🎺 trumpet fanfares.....
Yes, we are blowing our own trumpet this morning. We received a beautiful thank you card yesterday, for our very own Linda White from The lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk. So today, our post goes out to Linda, and as we do with our donkey identification posts, here is a little bit about Linda!
Linda is the kindest, most generous and creative person. She drives us all hard when she has a new idea for Minidonk fundraising! She makes us all raise our game. She is brave, taking on the responsibility of leading Minidonk visits, learning to drive our precious donk-mobile and always ensuring that everything us done to the best of everyone’s ability. She loves all animals, especially her own gorgeous dogs and the donks. Gordon, Nino and Busso all love it when Linda comes to visit as she is often to be found with snacks in her pockets. Can you guess if Linda has a favourite donkey?
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Congratulations xx

Beautiful x

Congratulations x

Fabulous!

I’m guessing Bo Peep! and you’ve described Linda perfectly! She puts her whole heart and soul into things she is passionate about! 💜 xx

Congratulations Linda xx

How lovely! Congratulations Linda.

Congratulation Linda God Bless you all 🙏xxx 💞💞

💐💐Congratulations Linda xx💕💕

Very well deserved!! Xx

we love linda!!

Congratulations Linda , they know you well!! you’ve still got it making sure everyones on board and putting your heart and soul into anything that your passionate about WELL DONE 👏 ❤️

Oooooo I really need to hug these babies

Well done Linda, soo deserved xx 🥰

Well done Linda White 💜🐾

Well said Sarah.Life would have been very different with out our Linda.Well done Linda.xxx

Well done Linda 😊, you truly deserve it! The boys and I think you’re a superstar ⭐️!!! Xxx

Well done 👏🏻

👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😘

Well done and well deserved Linda White l🤗

Well deserved welldone.,

That’s fantastic! X

Congratulations! xx

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It’s 100 Club draw day!!
Maude has the results for you, but our lucky winners are Pip Cullingford, Geraldine Askew and Angela Carol Graystone. Congratulations to you all, cheques will be in the post today.
Take care on this windy old day.
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Thanks Maude, Happy New Year to you. I may even let Alfie & Rubik have a share of my winnings, carrots maybe, any other ideas? Shame I can't take them in the supermarket to choose but we're only really allowed in one at a time xx 😀

Wow! Thankyou xx

I love Maud too! She makes me laugh....which is invaluable these days!

Like your purple donkey she is kinda cute 🥰

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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

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 get smiles where nothing else can – thank you so much

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

Thank you, they were amazing. The patients 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’.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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

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