A Hull GP practice manager has raised a whopping £1000 by knitting and selling ‘Woolley’ donkeys for The Donkey Sanctuary.
Donkey enthusiast Helen McAteer’s creations include a special Icelandic ‘injured’ donkey to thank a stranger who helped her after she knocked herself out while on holiday in Iceland, a ‘hippy’ donkey and a ‘punk’ donkey.
Recently she created her 100th - a special edition dreadlocked donkey.
Helen, 61, of New Hall Surgery, has always encouraged staff at her practice to raise money for charity, and didn’t think twice once she saw a picture of a ‘Woolley’ donkey a few years ago.
She said: “My husband and I have always loved donkeys and my mother used to send regular donations. Once I saw a picture of a Woolley I was hooked. I’ve always enjoyed knitting and this was the perfect way to support The Donkey Sanctuary. I’m grateful for the opportunity to help the beautiful donkeys and will keep going as long as I can.”
Proceeds from Helen’s Woollies support the Donkey Sanctuary’s projects worldwide. They are so popular she “cant knit them fast enough”. She knits two per week and also paints watercolours in support of the charity.
She adds: “The special requests take a bit longer but they are worth it for a friend or a special occasion, like for the Icelandic lady who bandaged me up after a fall in Iceland last year. Her Woolley came with a bandaged head and a hat and instructions to take the bandage off and put the hat on when its better! It’s relaxing and helps ease away the stresses of a busy day.”
To buy a Woolley visit our online giftshop
To knit a woolley or to fundraise in other ways to help The Donkey Sanctuary please contact the Community Fundraising team on 01395 578222, email email@example.com or visit our Get Involved pages.