You have all met Seonaid before when I told you about her being the Nativity Donkey at our local Church. As mentioned in the blog she led a Palm Sunday procession earlier this year. But, what was she up to on Tuesday 3 May 2016?
Since The Donkey Sanctuary is keen to develop its outreach programme, Seonaid and I decided, ‘OK, let’s give it a go’. So, off we set to a local day centre for the elderly in Carluke, Scotland, and had a wonderful time. Groomed, bridle polished, hooves oiled, Seonaid was ready. We set off in the trailer to our destination, unloaded and walked in to the garden.
The centre doors opened and out came the residents. Their faces lit up when they saw the donkey. Seonaid enjoyed all the pats and strokes and of course, posed for photographs. It was fascinating to see how much they enjoyed the visit from Seonaid. I had to answer lots of questions about her age, what she likes to eat, and does she have a donkey friend?
When it was time to leave, Seonaid was given a Royal send off. Armed with carrots and polos we headed home. There were so many goodies they’ll be divided up among Seonaid’s two stable mates and the Sanctuary donkeys that are with me. Everything will be shared.
This is not the first time Seonaid has gone out as an ambassador for our organisation. She and I have been to numerous places to promote the Sanctuary. Outreach programmes are one of my passions. To see these elderly people so happy just with a visit from a humble donkey. They will talk about the visit for days to come, tell their friends in other such places. What happiness a donkey can bring!
So long as Seonaid and I are able, we’ll be there.