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Baker boys bow out

Where do I start?! The Baker boys, Timothy and Walter, what a cheeky pair.

As soon as I started working at the Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre four years ago, the boys were always in my face, demanding attention, and wanting to be involved with everything going on.

Walter at his retirement party

Timothy and Walter - sharing happy memories

When I first started in my role as manager of the Sidmouth Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre, there were two donkeys who had originally come from a big group in the New Forest and had only been living with the therapy team for a short while, having been specially selected from one of the Donkey Sanctuary farms due to their particularly friendly and sociable natures.

This meant that their potential had been spotted very early on as they had some of the ideal attributes that we look for when choosing donkeys to put forward for a role involving a great deal of human contact.

Walter and Timothy

Reaching out to the elderly

Christmas is always a very busy time for all of our donkey assisted therapy centres and particularly so for the Outreach team. Here at Sidmouth we increase the amount of visits we make, from three days a week to five, for the whole of November and December. Our donkey interaction visits are very popular all throughout the year and even more so in the festive season, when there is certainly something magical about having a visit from a Christmas donkey.

William - outreach donkey

Celebrating 40 years of donkey assisted therapy in Sidmouth

In anticipation of a momentous anniversary on the 25 November 2015, we held an extra special Saturday Club last weekend to celebrate a remarkable 40 years of donkey assisted therapy at Sidmouth.

We had a fantastic turn out to help us celebrate this amazing milestone, with a fully booked morning of families and children visiting the Centre to access the Saturday Club donkey assisted therapy sessions.

Celebratory 40th anniversary cake

A fun day here at Sidmouth!

Sunday 7th April saw the return of our popular Family Fun Day and what a day it was! Building on last year’s event, the day was action packed throughout, with plenty for visitors to see and do. Despite the cold wind, the weather stayed dry and hundreds of people enjoyed a fun filled day of activities in and around the Slade Centre.

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