Hay folks, it’s been a busy time in our barn. A new donkey has arrived just in time for Christmas and very appropriately he’s called Christopher. A handsome chap, he’ll be taking Christmas easy to settle into our routine and our humans will assess him for work in the New Year.
At the beginning of the month our Christmas Fair raised over £6,000. This is amazing news and all down to our wonderful supporters. This year in addition to our regular visitors, we met lots of new people; the word about our donkey assisted therapy is spreading. Our adopt donkeys Cisco, Moses and Oscar were happy to meet their adoptive parents, both old and new.
This time of year is always busy, we have Christmas parties for our children and the grotto is in full flow for the whole of December, poor Santa gets quite worn out, the humans have to clone him. This year we have had some special new Santas, including one named Dave! They have been a fantastic help.
Many people and companies have supported us this year in many different ways. Adopting our donkeys, attending our events, visiting our centre, donations, prizes, gifts for our children, equipment and contributions towards our Christmas fair and grotto, notably presents for our children and Lionel the lion who arrived as a result of a Twitter social media campaign #lendalion. We have also had supporters and staff taking part in sponsored events to raise funds. To everyone who gave to us this year the Birmingham Donkeys and those in our local community, young and old who benefit from our therapy and services are all very grateful.
Our humans are helped in their tasks looking after us by a great bunch of volunteers; some have been with us for many years. We would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers. We really couldn’t operate without them; they help make the job of looking after us and offering our therapy so much easier. They’re having a party on 20th December so we’re going to say Thanks in donkey, YAY! Looking forward to it!
We hope all our humans, volunteers, supporters, friends and readers have a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year. We’ll be back in 2014 with more tales of life in our barn. See you then.