On Friday 1st July 2011, on a beautiful sunny day, we were able to say a fond farewell to Dr S by celebrating her work and her life along with approximately 2,000 members of, amongst others, her family, friends, staff, volunteers and supporters, as well as representatives from other charities, professional bodies, and educational institutions, who held her in high regard. The service, held in the largest marquee we've ever had at the Sanctuary, was a mixture of sincere remembrance, our personal memories of Dr S and her humour, her drive, her passion and her determination to succeed, combined with hymns, prayers and short presentations on what she meant to us all. Without exception visitors to the Sanctuary said how wonderful the service was. Many of those visitors stayed around for the day, visiting the donkeys, the Visitor Centre, the Hayloft, as well as Box 16, where an array of photographs of Dr S were displayed, and the stable in Main Yard depicting a timeline of Dr S’s achievements, where many wrote their own memories and condolences for the Book of Remembrance.
As has been said a number of times since Dr S's sad passing we will carry on working together to continue her dream of providing care and welfare to as many donkeys and mules as we can in the world - and we will all strive to achieve this.
In one of the letters received since Friday by David Cook, our Chief Executive, a supporter told him, “Everything about the whole event was wonderful, even the parking (which she had feared, being disabled) went like clockwork. Thank you to everyone at The Donkey Sanctuary for a wonderful memory of Dr S and of the Sanctuary and the Charity she built.”
On behalf of everyone that attended last Friday and all those that watched on the webcam a big thank you to you all.