A Birmingham-based donkey riding charity for children with additional needs and disabilities is calling on the fun loving public to adopt a donkey this Valentine’s Day to help raise vital funds.
The centre is one of six located around the country run by The Donkey Sanctuary, which provides riding therapy to over 1,000 children with additional needs every week.
Each centre must find approximately £250,000 in annual running costs and it’s ‘Adopt a Donkey’ scheme contributes significantly to the charity’s overall income. This appeal will suit anyone looking to buy a conscientious gift for their loved one on Valentine’s Day and costs a modest £16 for 12 months.
Sue Brennan, manager of the Birmingham centre says: “If you are looking to surprise your loved one with something a little different this Valentine’s Day, adopting a donkey is just what you are looking for. Our donkeys are all adorable so are guaranteed to make the heart melt; and as our charity relies entirely on donations, the gift you choose will have great meaning as it enables us to bring children with varying special needs in contact with donkeys to have fun and to gain from the therapeutic benefits from riding, such as improved motor skills, hand and eye co-ordination and body posture. The work we do makes a huge difference to these children.”
About Adopt a Donkey:
There are 17 donkeys to choose from – located in Birmingham, Belfast, Leeds, Manchester, Sidmouth and Ivybridge
The £16 adoption pack includes a folder, certificate, details of the adopted donkey, a colour picture and a beautiful A4 pencil drawing, and features an update letter after six months.
For an additional £4.00 you can purchase a soft cuddly donkey toy to go with your pack
A personal message can be included in your ‘Adopt a Donkey’ gift.
To adopt in time for Valentine’s Day, adopt online at: www.adoptadonkey.org.uk or call 01395 573034. Or alternatively pop into the centre between 10 and 3 to pick up an adoption pack.