Owen Herbert is a long-term devotee of The Donkey Sanctuary and a member of our special Rosette Group for supporters who generously donate £1,000 or more each year to our charity. He has sent us this wonderful article, in memory of his wife Kay:
“My wife Kay and I had a dream of retiring to a stone cottage with enough land to foster two donkeys from The Donkey Sanctuary. We eventually found a suitable property in Somerset.
Jasper and Barney arrived in October 1998 and quickly settled in. Their first meeting with the beloved resident Siamese cats was watched with some trepidation but set the tone for a wonderful relationship which was to follow. Cassie and Dominio walked down the track to see what was happening in the paddock. They put their front paws on the lowest bar of the gate and the donkeys bent down so that they could rub noses. Magic!
The donkeys had a contented life with lots of visitors, mainly children, but eventually had to be returned to the Sanctuary after eleven and a half years when Kay’s heart condition deteriorated. The decision to return Jasper and Barney to the Sanctuary was hard but unavoidable.
Kay and I visited the Sanctuary to see the donkeys often.
In March 2011, Kay and I decided to change the way in which we gave financial support to your charity. We joined the Sanctuary’s Rosette Group and made lifetime Gift Aid donations annually.
In recognition of our considerable support, the Sanctuary asked Kay and I to help name a foal that had been born at Easter; we were delighted and called the little colt Christian Herbert.
Kay died peacefully on 10th May 2012. She had achieved her dream of the stone cottage and fostering a pair of donkeys and had the bonus of knowing about Christian.
I am very happy that we achieved and enjoyed this together."
Owen regularly visits our main Sanctuary in Sidmouth and always has plenty of time for his old friend Barney, who lives at Trow Farm, the home of some of our more elderly resident donkeys, his friend Jasper passed away in 2010. We were absolutely delighted to introduce Owen to the little colt foal he and his dear wife Kay named Christian.
Our work to support projects around the world (27 countries in 2012) is funded entirely by donations and legacy gifts. We are sincerely grateful to supporters like Owen and his wife Kay, for their wonderful commitment to our cause. Thank you.
About the Rosette Group
This is a group of friends and benefactors who make a regular donation of £1,000 or more each year. Rosette Group members join us for special events during the year and support projects of particular need for The Donkey Sanctuary. Please contact Kathryn Crease if you’re interested in joining the Rosette Group by calling 01395 578222.