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Miniature Donkey Sponsorship

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 all four 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 Mini Donk team.

Saffron

Bo Peep

Pippin

Pixie

Rubik

Alfie

Millie

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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What a fantastic visit today. We were at The Depperhaugh, making some new friends and catching up with some of long standing! Pippin was a very good girl, but little Millie was an absolute star. She went up in the lift, jumped up some steps, down on a platform lift (because she wasn’t as happy jumping down as she was up). Thank you to The Depperhaugh for inviting us and the biggest thanks as always to the Minidonk volunteer team for making these smiles possible..... ... See MoreSee Less

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That sounds like a great time was had by all and the girls were good bless you all xxx 💕💕

So, so lovely to see you all today! Sarah, you and your fabulous team and beautiful MiniDonks never fail to amaze me. Such incredible, inspirational work that you all do. The faces of residents at The Depperhaugh this afternoon was truly heartwarming! xx

It was a lovely visit... a really nice atmosphere. Would love to visit again sometime.

This morning, Alfie and Rubik have been to Drake Primary School, Thetford, to meet the Reception classes! Each group were told lots about the donkeys and had a go guessing their age and what they like to eat! They all then got to come in the pen to groom and meet the donkeys up close. A really fun filled morning 😊. No photos, but here’s a throwback to Alf seeing his first 🎈 ... See MoreSee Less

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Right now I only have my van but am looking for a bigger vehicle. Can’t drive a trailer: I’m forbidden lol (for very good reason)

Great job Team Mini Donk and your fantastic volunteers - teaching kids how to be kind and respect animals makes for better and kinder adults ❤️❤️❤️

What a brave boy Alfie - and well done for a very special visit. Xxx

Bless them they are beautiful xx

...and how do you prop the fencing up?

Sarah McPherson I think we may start doing that in the city...can you take a couple pics of the fencing you use and how do you transport it everywhere?

Teresa Sheen mini donkeys at work?!

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Hay hay! Happy Sunday! Another load of hay collected - many thanks to the lovely lady who offered us a substantial discount to support our work. Do the girls approve? ... See MoreSee Less

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Please to see them enjoying it and tidying up after you unloaded it! 😍

Beautiful animals xxxx

Lovely ladies. x

How beautiful 💕

Bless them all xxx

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Tha’as a blustery old morning out there....... here are some pictures of our menagerie to raise a smile on a Saturday morning.
But beware...... there a few missing ears and long necks today. The many angles of Minidonks!
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Wot no Nino... Head of the Soft Squeaky Toy Dept! xxx

Mini donks without ears very cute, I see Gordon looks very comfy

Morning Team Mini Donk - Have a fabulous day and stay safe and warm ❤️❤️❤️

Bless them all xxx 💕

Ha ha, the Bo-peep llama!

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This afternoon, the boys went to 2 of BREAK’s children’s homes in Kings Lynn. We spent time with each group, grooming in the pen and walking the donks round the garden. Our feedback today was “one young man staying outside for 45 mins, was such a big thing for him. All staff were amazing and super understanding about the boys’ needs.” So proud of the team today 😊. We all thoroughly enjoyed the visit and even got a cheeky cream cake! Thank you to Emma for organising our visit. No pics today, but here’s Alf with his favourite Auntie Sandra 🥰 ... See MoreSee Less

This afternoon, the boys went to 2 of BREAK’s children’s homes in Kings Lynn. We spent time with each group, grooming in the pen and walking the donks round the garden. Our feedback today was “one young man staying outside for 45 mins, was such a big thing for him. All staff were amazing and super understanding about the boys’ needs.” So proud of the team today 😊. We all thoroughly enjoyed the visit and even got a cheeky cream cake! Thank you to Emma for organising our visit. No pics today, but here’s Alf with his favourite Auntie Sandra 🥰Image attachment

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So very happy to hear this. We had to postpone this visit once due to high winds but so pleased Team Steph got there today and worked their Minidonk Magic. Brilliant job by one and all. Xxx

Thank you so much! We had the most amazing time and the boys loved it!x

Sounds like a wonderful day... well done guys. x

And those cream cakes are very much deserved. Well done team Steph!

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Yippedeeeeee doo dahhhh!! Today was the second draw of The Minidonks 100 club. The winners are Pauline Shulver, Geraldine Askew and Jane Wheeler Brown. Congratulations to one and all 🥳 We do still have 12 numbers left, so if you fancy your chances of winning in our monthly draw, email sponsor@minidonks.org.uk and for just £10 you can enter the rest of the 2020 draws. You may not win a life changing amount of money, but you will help us to provide a life enhancing experience for many, many people. Today the numbers were drawn by Cheryl from City College Norwich who is our Ace Assessor for Hollie’s apprenticeship - thank you Cheryl. 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

Yippedeeeeee doo dahhhh!! Today was the second draw of The Minidonks 100 club. The winners are Pauline Shulver, Geraldine Askew and Jane Wheeler Brown. Congratulations to one and all 🥳 We do still have 12 numbers left, so if you fancy your chances of winning in our monthly draw, email sponsor@minidonks.org.uk and for just £10 you can enter the rest of the 2020 draws. You may not win a life changing amount of money, but you will help us to provide a life enhancing experience for many, many people. Today the numbers were drawn by Cheryl from City College Norwich who is our Ace Assessor for Hollie’s apprenticeship - thank you Cheryl. 😊Image attachmentImage attachment

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Congratulations to the winners. Xx

Brilliant ! Thank you 😊

Hi, I’ve paid the £10 by transfer today and an about to post my form. 😊

I would love to have a number......how do prefer to receive payment? 🙂

Yes congratulations to all the winners xx

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The boys popped down to the local coffee morning today. Rubik tried queuing for a coffee and biscuit and Alfie wanted to investigate everywhere! They walked beautifully there and back, even with how windy it is out there. Thank you to Eleanor for inviting us and to all the new and old faces we saw today 😊. And a thank you to my lovely team, although they did get a coffee and a biscuit 😉! ... See MoreSee Less

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Beautiful they are so adorable bless them did they both get a coffee and biscuit hahaha 😂xxxxx

Alfie and Rubik rock! Xxxx

Such good boys! Well done team 😍

What good little donkeys 🥰

The Minidonks were at The Meeting Place at Fulmerston Church this afternoon. A lot of laughter and smiles all round. Lots of questions and interest in the donkeys and the work that we do. Our feedback was 5++ across all areas with this fabulous feedback, “Where do I start? The whole experience was just magical. Seeing the smiles on faces ...... made my day. What fantastic lot you are!”
Wow! Thank you.
Thanks also go to the Douglas and Joanne Chapman Animal Trust, who funded our awning, which kept us and the donks nice and dry today.
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Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon, much enjoyed by all! I have rarely seen the whole group so animated. Perfect antidote for a wet afternoon in February

It was a wonderful afternoon thank you xx

Such a lovely group of people! Wonderful to have an awning to be under to keep dry as well. 👍🏻

Beautiful pictures looks great 👍love xxxx

Sorry I missed them live just around the corner were hoping to see them one day

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Feedback from previous visits

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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

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.

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