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The Eastern Region of the Donkey Breed Society held a Learn to Drive your Donkey Day at the wonderful facilities of Annette Staveley, the Regional Delegate for this area. Annette has the benefit of an indoor school and covered areas suitable for all sorts of activities so the, often wayward, British weather could do what it liked!
When Liz Wright, fellow Donkey Welfare Adviser, and I visited The Donkey Sanctuary's Romanian holding base in Cernavoda 3 years ago and were told they desperately needed a tractor, we decided to fundraise in order to help this dream come true. Water and feed were being physically handled in bitterly cold temperatures by both vets and staff to the 65 donkeys during the winters, where temperatures can drop to -20 degrees.
Being a holding base for Sanctuary donkeys is always rewarding but when a donkey is unwell, it can be quite a commitment. Holding bases are used when donkeys cannot immediately travel to Devon for whatever reason or if they may be suitable for re-homing within an area. The Sanctuary has a number around the United Kingdom.
As many of you will know, The Donkey Sanctuary has two foster donkeys in residence at the amazing Mudchute City Farm on the Isle of Dogs in London.
Saturday 12 December was a special day for the team on the farm. With Christmas just around the corner the farm hosted their Living Nativity Day with gift stalls, roasted chestnuts, Father Christmas Grotto and a chance for visitors to purchase the perfect Christmas Tree.