Harry and William drawing in the crowds for Donkey Sanctuary
A pair of miniature donkeys called Harry and William whooing all the guests for The Donkey Sanctuary.
We spoke to Alice Crawford who is helping to run the stall at this year’s Devon County Show:
“We’ve been at the show for several years now. The donkeys are always a big hit.”
“Saturday’s usually the busiest, with all the children off school.”
“The weather’s good so far in 2017, there’s a frequent trickle of people coming in.”
“We’re especially promoting our Donkey Assisted Therapy schemes at this year’s show.”
Elizabeth Svendsen set up a trust for children and donkeys, which merged with The Donkey Sanctuary in 2012.
“The therapy initially allowed children with additional needs to gain riding experience.”
“We’ve now adapted to provide more groundwork and interaction rather than just riding.”
“Children can decide themselves when to work with the donkeys.”
“We teach life skills, empathy and management. It’s called equine assisted learning.”
Written by Rob Jennings.
Photo by Darryl Stevens.