Touching stories from those who have paid tribute to someone special at The Donkey Sanctuary.
A fitting memorial to Carol
I became involved with The Donkey Sanctuary through my late wife, Carol. She was concerned by the plight of these lovely creatures, who she found to be gentle and friendly. Over the years Carol enjoyed following the work of The Donkey Sanctuary and adopted several donkeys.
When Carol was sadly taken from me, rather than spending money on floral tributes, I asked the mourners to make a contribution to the work of The Donkey Sanctuary. I was touched when the amount raised was £172 and I like to think that the support this money will give will be a fitting memorial to Carol.
When I sorted out Carol's affairs I decided that another way of carrying on her memory would be to continue her support of The Donkey Sanctuary in my name - so this is what I have done. I also plan to leave a legacy to The Donkey Sanctuary.
Carol was a gentle, caring and generous person and the world is a sadder place now that she is no longer with us, but I am comforted in the thought that while her generosity continues she is not really gone.
A permament memorial
When my father Ernest died in 2001 it was only fitting that we placed a plaque in memory of him in The Donkey Sanctuary. He enjoyed so many happy hours here listening to the birds and the donkeys braying, and enjoying a visit from Buster the sanctuary cat.
Likewise when my mother Nora died in 2013, her wish was to have a tree and plaque on one of the many walks around the sanctuary. We like to visit in spring as this season was very special to mum.
The plaques are a permanent memorial to remind us of the happy times we shared.
Making a difference
Nigel Blackmore heads up the team that ensures the eight miles of tree-lined walkways and their plaques are maintained in good condition throughout the year.
"I’ve been working at the sanctuary for over 15 years and it’s a fantastic job," he says. "I meet donkey lovers from all over the world. Many come here to remember a loved one or find their name on a memorial plaque.
"It’s great to hear their stories and show them what a difference their loved one’s gift is making.”