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Would you like to support our work by sponsoring one of our lovely donkeys?

For £35 per year you can sponsor one of the minidonks to help us carry on delivering our amazing wellbeing visits to care homes, dementia units, special schools and much more.

You can choose to sponsor in your own name or you could sponsor a donkey (or Two??!!) as a birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Valentine gift for someone else.

What do you get?

  • Sponsorship Certificate
  • A Christmas card from the whole Minidonk team
  • 4 reports on the wellbeing work done by your sponsored donkey
  • The opportunity groom your donkey and to have your photo taken (or to take a donkey-selfie) with your sponsored donkey at any of our public events (on production of your sponsorship certificate)

How do I do it?

Choose which one of our beautiful donkeys you’d like to sponsor. You can sponsor one, two, three or even more of our lovely Minidonks. Click or tap on the portraits below to read a little more about each of our unique donkeys. You can then click the Sponsor button and go through our secure PayPal checkout.
Disclaimer: Although Gordon is clearly not a donkey, he is a valuable member of the Minidonk team.

Jack Born 1st Aug!

Jack

Saffron

Pippin

Pixie

Millie

Bo Peep

Gordon

Alternatively, you can download a sponsorship form here, complete it, and send it back to us at sponsor@minidonks.org.uk

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If you want to avoid last minute shortages, queues, waiting in for parcels that never arrive, then come and do your Christmas shopping with The Minidonks, at Old Hall Farm this Friday, 29th October, 10.30-3pm. There will be so much to choose from, calendars, cookbooks, notebooks, Christmas cards, our wonderful Minidonk Mascot Maude, mugs, shopping bags and so much more. From stocking fillers to Christmas Games Compendiums, there really will be something for everyone. And of course, there will be Minidonks to meet!
Because we are at the wonderful Old Hall Farm, there will be pumpkins, foody treats, the farm trail, cafe and lots of other animals to see - if you have never been to Old Hall Farm before, then this Friday would be a great day to come.
Old Hall Farm, Norwich Road, Woodton, NR35 2LP
See you there?
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Today we are celebrating the life of this wonderful woman, Rita Warby. We met Rita when we took the donks to the U3A meeting in Thetford. We obviously made an impact on her because when she sadly passed away her daughter found our flyers and some items from our Minidonk pop up shop. Huge thanks to her daughter, Kim, for organising donations to Minidonks in memory of her mum, and to all those friends and family who donated so generously. In consultation with Kim, we have decided that we will use the donations to offer some discounted Minidonk visits to care settings in and around Thetford. The normal booking procedures apply, and we are fully booked until February .
Each home that we visit will receive a special certificate in Rita’s name. We will be able to offer up to 4 discounted visits.
If you know a care setting that might benefit, please ask them to email us, info@minidonks.org.uk and we will do the rest.
Sending love and thanks to Rita’s family and friends ❤️❤️❤️
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Today we are celebrating the life of this wonderful woman, Rita Warby. We met Rita when we took the donks to the U3A meeting in Thetford. We obviously made an impact on her because when she sadly passed away her daughter found our flyers and some items from our Minidonk pop up shop. Huge thanks to her daughter, Kim, for organising donations to Minidonks in memory of her mum, and to all those friends and family who donated so generously. In consultation with Kim, we have decided that we will use the donations to offer some discounted Minidonk visits to care settings in and around Thetford. The normal booking procedures apply,  and we are fully booked until February .
Each home that we visit will receive a special certificate in Rita’s name. We will be able to offer up to 4 discounted visits.
If you know a care setting that might benefit, please ask them to email us, info@minidonks.org.uk and we will do the rest.
Sending love and thanks to Rita’s family and friends ❤️❤️❤️

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Lovely picture x ❤

Beautiful picture love xxx 💖💖💖

Wonderful to think that in Rita's memory she will be making more special memories for others to cherish. ♥️

What a lovely photo and such a thoughtful way to use the legacy

Lesley Braund

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Sometimes it is better to let other people tell you what they think about you. We are so very proud of this feedback - thank you to everyone at Chilton Court for welcoming us into their very special home.
We are booked for visits now until February 2022, so if you would like some of this Minidonk Magic, send us an email and we’ll get you booked in.
Happy Sunday to you all. Xxxx

Info@minidonks.org.uk
Www.Minidonks.org.uk
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Always brilliant work and feedback. Well done x

That really says it all 😊 ❤️

Wonderful caring photos x bless you all xx 💕💕💕

Have a nice day x ❤🥰

We’re about more than just the donkeys here at Minidonk HQ. Four years ago, the MD saw a post about a scared, nervous ex-hunting dog from Spain. When she phoned the rescue to ask about him they were so happy to have an enquiry about him because he was so nervous that he would run and hide when anyone came to the rescue centre and no one had looked past that. We took Nino to meet him and she was the key - silly, lovely, woolly-headed Nino taught him that we were OK. She provided the company, the love, the warmth to help him take his time to come to trust us. You will have seen his photos in amongst the donkey posts. He takes his duties as Head of Security very seriously - none shall pass without us knowing about it! Our Minidonk volunteers have helped him to learn that people are pretty much all good. His circle of friends and trusted hoomans is so much wider thanks to Minidonks. So today we say Happy 4 years with us Busso.
Show us your doggos !
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You've done wonders with that lovely dog x

Georgie Porgie, this is his ‘I like crumpets’ face

Meet Ruby my grumpy little old lady pretending to be a meerkat 🥰

He looks very chilled

This is Oscar's back seat driver pose (he is tethered!)

He's such a gorgeous boy... here's what's happening at The White House!

Ah bless you have done a great job bless you all xxx xxx 💝💝💝on

Happy gotcha day beautiful 🎉🎉💖💖

He's such a different dog now. Well done you! Xx

Rescues are The Best! Meet little Miss Moyar and Mr Magee The Comedy Dog!! (Both raring to go obvsly.)

Absolutely beautiful story and lovely photos x Happy Gotcha day Busso you have definitely found your forever home with kind and wonderful people x Happy weekend to you all xx 💙🐕💙🐕💙happy gotcha day love from Nero xx 💙 (our rescue boy)

My boy Harley, recovering from surgery! 🐾 xx

Happy gotcha day xxx

Oh happy birthday Mr B! 🎉🎁 you special, wonderful boy 💕

Loopy Louis the lurcher and Molly Moo, retired racing greyhound. Daft as brushes and completely adored.

He is gorgeous, x

He is gorgeous… here’s our 4 month old rescue puppy we’ve had for 2 weeks… has a love for my smelly trainer. Xx

Lovely

Miss Luka Bear Grogan!

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We have been having such a busy time recently. We have been all over Norfolk and Suffolk, visiting care homes and schools. Our feedback has been 5*, with one lovely activity coordinator amending our feedback form to give us a 10* rating “because 5 stars are just not enough!” The MD was reduced to tears by one lovely young man, who asked his teacher if he could do a thank you speech on behalf of the group. He was so happy and gave a beautiful and spontaneous vote of thanks - magical. We are now fully booked for visits until February 2022. We still have funding available to discount the cost of visits to settings for younger people and to subsidise our travel costs for all settings in East Cambridgeshire. So if you think you would like the Minidonks to visit in 2022 email us info@minidonks.org.uk and we’ll get you booked in! And you might be as excited as NIHCSS!So excited to announce that we have the Mini Donks coming to our supported living sites in October and November! Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing ... See MoreSee Less

We have been having such a busy time recently. We have been all over Norfolk and Suffolk, visiting care homes and schools. Our feedback has been 5*, with one lovely activity coordinator amending our feedback form to give us a 10* rating “because 5 stars are just not enough!” The MD was reduced to tears by one lovely young man, who asked his teacher if he could do a thank you speech on behalf of the group. He was so happy and gave a beautiful and spontaneous vote of thanks - magical. We are now fully booked for visits until February 2022. We still have funding available to discount the cost of visits to settings for younger people and to subsidise our travel costs for all settings in East Cambridgeshire. So if you think you would like the Minidonks to visit in 2022 email us info@minidonks.org.uk and we’ll get you booked in! And you might be as excited as NIHCSS!

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Love to you guys from Michigan, USA, important work you do, changing the world one visit at a time..

A little ode to the coming winter on this thoughtful Thursday….

Up in the cold and the wet with the starlings
All for the sake of the four legged darlings
Come wind come rain come frost and ice
The donks all need to be snuggled up nice

Gordon comes first then donkeys then dogs
Hoomans would rather be sleeping like logs
Breakfast is served for the animules first
Richard and Sarah increasing their thirst

Then inside with feet up and hot cup of tea
Gordon just wants to go out for a wee
Busso won’t settle until he is cuddled
Nino as usual is terribly muddled

Would we change it for comfort and rich easy living
Never not ever we’re even forgiving
Of the cold and the wet and the house full of mud
Cos it’s our special life and it’s really quite good!
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Well done! That's brilliant. 💕

Good morning Team Mini Donks - Hope you have a fantabulous day 💜💜💜

Do so love an ode... brilliant job. x

Absolutely brilliant x love it x happy thoughtful Thursday x sending lots of dry cuddles for you all xx 💕🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗💕

Brilliant. Brought a smile to my face 😄. Nutmeg, our puppy, has decided she likes being dried off with a towel when she comes in from the rain. So far this morning she has ‘needed’ to go out 5 times already, just so she can be dried when she comes in!! 🐶🐾☔️

What a wonderful start to the day. xx

Have a lovely day x ❤🐾🥰

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It must be the 20th of the month because Maude has sent me a little video 🤣🤣🤣
Congratulations to our winners, 1st Chris Carpenter 68 2nd Jack Little 57 and 3rd Angie Graystone 88...
Your winnings will be winging their way to you very soon!
Have a great day xxx
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Aww very sweet ❤🐾🥰

We've been doing a bit of donkey training, which is always good fun! We are working on some "jump" training. Here is a little video of Jack getting to grips with the concept of going over, not round. As with everything we do we take it slowly with lots of positive rewards. Hickstead here we come? 🤣🤣🤣 ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done Little Jack Rabbit and Sarah too xx Happy Tuesday xx 💖💖

Bless him well done Jack

Clever Jack rabbit.

Adorable x

Sarah I think you are having more fun than Jack. Lovely videos x

We were doing this the other day with a friend's donkeys - most of them have done agility for years but there is always something they don't like!!

So cute.

Well done to you both. xx

Yippeeee . Well done gorgeous boy x

Well done Jack. What yummy was his treat. X

Aw! Love the way he thought about going round the side. Bless him! We’ll done Little Jack Rabbit! 🥰Xx

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Feedback from previous visits

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!

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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

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