SVENDSEN, Dr Elisabeth Doreen (nee Knowles); MBE passed away peacefully on 11th May 2011, aged 81. An amazing Mum of Lise, Paul, Clive and Sarah, granny of eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren, sister of Pat and lifelong friend of June. She was also the world's most inspirational champion for donkeys, and formed three charities to whom she dedicated over 40 years of her life (The Donkey Sanctuary, Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys (EST), and The International Donkey Protection Trust).
She was very much loved by all she touched with her warmth and kindness and will be dearly missed by family, friends, staff and supporters and will rest among her beloved donkeys at a morning ceremony at The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth to be held on Thursday 26th May 2011 from 9.30am until 1.30pm for anyone who would like to say farewell. A private funeral service will follow for family only in Ottery St Mary.
Flowers are welcomed at The Donkey Sanctuary and donations, if desired, to benefit EST Belfast's new Sensory Trail Ride for children with additional needs and The Donkey Sanctuary.
A Service of Thanksgiving will follow at The Donkey Sanctuary on 1st July 2011 at 11am.