Paccombe Training Centre has a life-size grey stuffed donkey who's affectionately called Henry. He regularly helps out during the training courses, especially when beginners need to practice putting on head collars before they join the real donkeys!
However, poor Henry at the age of 20 is beginning to look tired and we feel he is ready for retirement. Therefore, we are looking to find someone who is able to make us a new donkey.
Originally, the Sanctuary had two stuffed donkeys - a black one on wheels that was used in Spain when we were trying to stop the villagers riding on a donkey in Villanueva de la Vera. In this popular festival, a poor and helpless donkey is taken through the streets of the village to be ridden by the drunkest rider and to be subjected to degrading and cruel treatment for more than an hour.
Henry was seen by a member of the Training Centre staff in a shop window in Honiton, a small town close to the Sanctuary. After making enquiries, he was donated to the Sanctuary.
If you feel you have the skills to take on this challenge, we would like to hear from you. Please contact the Paccombe Training Centre if you wish to discuss further.