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Donkey charity launches experience gift

A Devon donkey charity today unveiled its 2009 dates for donkey carer experience days; it has found that the opportunity to ‘muck in’ at its Sanctuary in Sidmouth makes an ideal gift for ‘the person that has everything’.

The Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary has created these unique £150 experience days to help raise funds towards its worldwide work; in return, participants can enjoy a hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience meeting and caring for some of its donkeys.

Jan's trek challenge in aid of donkeys

Jan Wilmot from Toddington, near Dunstable, has signed up for a charity trek in Spain, in aid of the Sidmouth-based Donkey Sanctuary.

She has just over three weeks remaining to prepare for the 57km trek along the Genal Valley in Spain which involves 17 hours of walking over three days. She has to raise the minimum sponsorship of £1,500 and has been well supported by family and friends to date.

To help raise funds, Jan walked the 180 mile Milton Keynes Redway system over 11½ weeks with her dog Truffle (pictured right).

Dymchurch's award winning donkey in prize giving ceremony

A special prize giving ceremony is being held on Saturday 27th September at 2.00 pm on the beach for Dymchurch’s award winning beach donkey!

Sam, owned by Tom Turnball, will receive a trophy, rosette and carrots for winning the South East regional title of Best Individual Beach Donkey of 2008.

The award is part of a national competition organised by The Donkey Sanctuary, a charity based near Sidmouth in Devon, which aims to recognise high standards of animal welfare practice.

The prize will be presented by The Donkey Sanctuary’s regional welfare officer Mark Kerr.

Weymouth's award winning donkeys in prize giving ceremony

A special prize giving ceremony is being held on Friday 19th September at 12.00 pm on the beach for Weymouth's award winning beach donkeys.

The donkeys, Jasmine, Stumpy, Sooty, PeeJay, BeeJay, Sparky and Daisy, owned by Maggie Aldridge, will receive trophies, rosettes and a bucket of carrots for winning the title of "South East's Best Group of Beach Donkeys 2008".

Aberdyfi's award winning donkey in prize giving ceremony

A special prize giving ceremony is being held on Wednesday 10th September at 11.00 am on the beach for Aberdyfi’s award winning beach donkey.

Del Boy, owned by Louise Peeters, will receive a trophy, rosette and a bucket of carrots for winning the title of Britain’s Best Individual Beach Donkey 2008.

The award is part of a national competition organised by The Donkey Sanctuary, a charity based near Sidmouth in Devon, which aims to recognise high standards of animal welfare practice.

Experts discover that mules are more intelligent than horses and donkeys

Experts have discovered that mules are more intelligent than horses and donkeys.

Dr Britta Osthaus from Canterbury Christ Church University, Leanne Proops from the University of Sussex in Brighton and Dr Faith Burden from The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth tested the learning skills of horses, donkeys and mules in a bid to assess their cognitive abilities.

They found that mules, which are hybrids of male donkeys and female horses, are smarter than either of their parent species.

Filey's award winning donkeys in prize giving ceremony

A special prize giving ceremony is being held on Thursday 4th September at 11.30am on the beach for Filey’s award winning beach donkeys.

The donkeys, Lenny, Alfie, Chico, Rueben, Neville and Max, owned by Amanda Pickles, will receive a trophy, rosettes and a bucket of carrots for winning the title of Britain’s Best Group of Beach Donkeys 2008.

The award is part of a national competition organised by The Donkey Sanctuary, a charity based near Sidmouth in Devon, which aims to recognise high standards of animal welfare practice.

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