The Donkey Sanctuary has marked the start of a project to build a donkey hospital at Brookfield Farm near Honiton. The new hospital will allow the charity to meet the needs of the increasing numbers of sick and injured donkeys arriving in its care.
CEO of The Donkey Sanctuary David Cook, and Site Manager of the new build Dave Eaves of SWH Build, marked the occasion last week with the turning of the first cut.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s current hospital has served them for 35 years, but now requires upgraded facilities to cope with the number of donkeys and mules needing treatment, and the advances in veterinary medicine.
David Cook, CEO said “The turning of the first cut marks the beginning of an exciting project that will mean we can provide world-class veterinary care to donkeys and mules”.
Relocating the veterinary hospital to Brookfield Farm will also have a big impact on the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary and they plan to use these next 18 months as an opportunity to improve the experience of their many visitors. They will be reverting some of the farm back to its former glory and introducing more donkeys to the Heart of the Sanctuary. There will also be an interpretation centre to show supporters and visitors what they do around the world. They will also be building an improved gift shop and restaurant, whose proceeds support their work across the world.
Lacey Hickie & Caley Ltd and its team of architects were appointed to create the plans for the new hospital, restaurant and visitors’ centre. Grant Elliott, Architectural Associate, LHC said “We’re delighted that work has begun on both sites and look forward to seeing our designs for the new hospital, and for improved visitor facilities being realised over the coming months”.
To read more about the new hospital you can visit The Donkey Sanctuary’s dedicated webpage http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/hospital-appeal to be kept up to date with the build and its progress.