My love of donkeys started way back in the 1960s when visiting the Oxfordshire countryside and saw two donkeys in a field whom I named Titch and Mitch. After several years I moved house and not far away was a Donkey Stud. The noise, particularly in the morning was very loud with all the braying. It was always a great moment when I walked the short distance to see the donkeys over the fence.
Soon I heard of The Donkey Sanctuary in Devon and spent many days visiting the donkeys, an experience which I truly loved. In 2011 I decided to go to Donkey Week and that was it. A poster on the fence by the adoption donkeys area was asking for Quality Time Volunteers (QTV). Camera poised I took a photo of the poster and on arriving home contacted the Sanctuary.
Within a very short time I found myself at Trow Farm and was delighted to have the opportunity to groom and cuddle the donkeys and help out in any way I could. Nineteen months have now gone by and I still travel from Cheltenham in Gloucestershire every other week and spend two days doing something which is rewarding and so, so enjoyable. Not only do the donkeys benefit from having extra attention, but I too benefit from being in close contact with them and all in all, they have made a huge difference to my life. Donkeys are very lovable animals and I feel privileged to be able to work amongst them as a QTV. The picture shows a very special little donkey called Crocus who I have grown very attached to.