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Celebrating 40 years with a donkey champion

Cocoa is our oldest donkey here our Manchester donkey assisted therapy centre. He recently celebrated his 21st birthday. Cocoa came to Manchester in early 2004 when the centre first opened. He had previously worked at our Leeds donkey assisted therapy centre where he diligently learned how to be a therapy donkey. When he came across to Manchester he proved to be an excellent therapy donkey and was able to show his new donkey friends the ropes. He has given literally thousands of rides to our children since 2004.


Introducing Henry, everybody's friend

We are so excited to finally be able to introduce you all to our friend and yours, new adoption donkey Henry.

All of us here in Manchester just know you are going to love this inquisitive chap who is out to spark a friendship with someone special.

He has two distinctive white flecks on his nose, Henry is swiftly becoming a central part of the important work we do with children with additional needs here at our donkey assisted therapy centre.

Henry looking forward to making friends

A right Royal occasion

At the end of April, we received a top secret email saying we had been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services (the MBE for volunteer groups) but had to keep it quiet until the Queen’s birthday which was on 2nd June 2014 when the formal announcement would be made.

Debbie Coombes from our Centre was invited to a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 10th June and we invited Jan Meadowcroft, who had submitted the nomination, to go along as well.

Staff receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Services
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