We were delighted to support Epilepsy Action by joining forces to create a unique doodle for this year’s National Doodle Day.
Doodles the donkey, a resident at our donkey assisted therapy centre in Leeds which offers assisted therapy to hundreds of local school children with additional needs, put hoof to paper and entered into the doodle fun.
National Doodle Day, which takes place today (Friday 7 March 2014), raises much needed funds for UK charity Epilepsy Action.
This remarkable equine doodler has joined with well-known scribblers including Sir Michael Parkinson, Alan Titchmarsh, Joanna Lumley , Lily Allen. Go Doodles!
If you would like to find out more about National Doodle Day, please visit http://doodle-day.epilepsy.org.uk/
The children who attend our Centres have a wide range of additional needs and disabilities. These include communication and interaction difficulties such as autism; physical or sensory impairment; learning difficulties; and behavioural, emotional and social development needs.
Our qualified riding instructors, grooms and volunteers deliver tailored therapeutic riding sessions in a specially designed indoor arena. Our unique donkey assisted therapy involves:
- Structured planned rides or cart rides with the most appropriate donkey for each individual
- Outdoor rides when weather permits
- Fun games, activities and instruction designed to respond to each child’s specific needs
- Lots of hands on time with the donkeys including the final thank you and cuddle.
Our teams of specially trained donkeys also offer an Outreach service visiting hospices and local residential homes including those dealing with dementia care.
The donkeys prove to be a great stimulation and provide valuable animal therapy to residents.
The emotional and physical benefits of companion animals are now being established and there is well-researched evidence that spending time with animals can have a direct calming influence. The donkeys also love the warmth and affection from the residents.