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Throwing himself into fundraising

We have 6 participants filling our Golden Bond places in the Virgin London Marathon this year. One member of Team Donkey Sanctuary is Andy Messenger, bank manager of the Barclays York branch.

Andy became involved with The Donkey Sanctuary early last year, after a conversation with Sharon Shanks, our Yorkshire Welfare Adviser at her local bank in Malton. Since then, Andy has thrown himself into fundraising for us including branch bake sales, dressing as our donkey mascot (which he has a particular love for!) and running the Leeds 10K.

Collection at Barclays

Do it for Donkeys: Naomi's London Marathon

My name is Naomi Kinsman - everyone knows me as Nays - and I simply love my job as the Centre Coordinator for the Ivybridge Donkey Sanctuary which is home to 18 happy, well cared for donkeys.

The Donkey Sanctuary is such a special, inspiring place to work and since joining the charity in 2014, I have been inspired to take on a personal challenge to help raise vital funds for the work we do.

I am taking on my first full 26.2 mile marathon, simply because it is one of the hardest challenges I could have set myself taking me completely out of my comfort zone.

Nays with adoption donkey Pooh

Giving it a go... for donkeys

This weekend I’ll be taking on the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London in support of The Donkey Sanctuary. We’ve been lucky enough to fill all our places so myself and four of our lovely supporters will be lining up in Hyde Park at 9am on Sunday ready to brave whatever the weather may throw at us (rain probably) as we run 13.2 miles through Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, Green Park and St James’s Park.

Royal Parks half marathon logo

The Donkey Sanctuary was my first and only choice

I was lucky enough to secure a place in the 2015 London Marathon through the ballot but I thought it would be a crying shame if I didn’t use the opportunity to raise money for a worthy charity.

The Donkey Sanctuary was my first and only choice for a magnitude of reasons. One of my earliest memories was staying with my family in a holiday cottage in Dorset which had two donkeys residing in the adjoining field.

Tom Wade

Clare strides out for The Donkey Sanctuary

Clare Dooley is quite simply a remarkable woman. Over the weekend of 19 and 20 September, she will be taking part in the Equinox 24, a 24 hour running event held at the Autumn Equinox in the beautiful grounds of Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, covering an epic 100 miles to raise funds for The Donkey Sanctuary.

Clare, a dance teacher and management trainer from Northwich, Cheshire has been a supporter of The Donkey Sanctuary since stumbling across the Sanctuary in Sidmouth whilst on holiday in 2011.

Clare Dooley


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