The Donkey Sanctuary award ceremony for Scarborough and Whitby’s beach donkeys took place on Thursday 3rd February at the Town Hall with the Mayor of Scarborough, Councillor Hazel Lynskey, leading the presentations.
The Working Donkey Awards scheme organised by The Donkey Sanctuary recognises owners achieving good standards of welfare for their donkeys in individual regions of the UK.
Top awards were presented to the following winners and their donkeys in the North East UK region:
- Melanie Fisher, owner of Simon in Scarborough for the Best Single Working Donkey category
- Melanie Fisher in Scarborough for winning the Best Group of Working Donkeys category
- Geraldine Gibson in Whitby for winning the Group of Working Donkeys with Best Feet category
These winners were presented with an annual shield and framed certificate from The Donkey Sanctuary by the Mayor of Scarborough. They also received sponsored rosettes and feed vouchers from HorseHage, producers of equestrian feed including Mollichaff Donkey.
Further certificates for providing a good standard of welfare for their donkeys will be presented to fellow beach donkey operators Marilyn Granville-Fall.
Molly Lloyd, the Sanctuary’s regional welfare officer says: “It is a privilege for The Donkey Sanctuary to work so closely with these great welfare-minded operators, who collectively care for over 60 working donkeys.
“Our awards encompass certain criteria about the donkeys’ suitability for the job, temperament, general health, tack and turnout and all year-round living conditions so it is reassuring to the great British public that their children are riding happy, healthy donkeys that enjoy their work.”
Chris Tar, of HorseHage says: “We are very pleased to be able to sponsor this award and hope our support will help to keep the traditional seaside donkeys’ level of welfare to a high standard, enabling future generations of children to enjoy them.”
Whilst the majority of working donkeys in the UK receive high standards of care, the same cannot be said for donkey taxis working in tourist hotspots in mainland Europe or the millions being overworked in developing countries where they provide essential transport to millions of people living below the poverty line. Find out how The Donkey Sanctuary provides sanctuary from suffering to donkeys both at home and abroad by visiting: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk