The Donkey Sanctuary to star in Channel 5 Help the Animals show

The Donkey Sanctuary is to feature in a week of fundraising television shows on Channel 5.

Sidmouth’s international cause will be among five welfare charities to grace screens across the country as part of Help the Animals.

It will star in ‘The Yorkshire Vet’s Donkey Day Out’ on Tuesday, December 3, at 8pm.

The programme will follow The Donkey Sanctuary’s ambassador Peter Wright as he takes long-time friends and clients, Steve and Jean Green, on an animal adventure.

They will head to London and call in to Mudchute Park and Farm – home to Skooby and Harley; two donkeys on the East Devon-based charity’s rehoming scheme.

The show will also head to the cause’s international headquarters in Salcombe Regis.

Last year’s inaugural Help the Animals show raised more than £800,000.

This year’s appeal will be shown across the week and feature special episodes of Channel 5 favourites and support from a host of famous faces.

Each night will be dedicated to one of the five charities; The Donkey Sanctuary, RSPCA, Scottish SPCA, Blue Cross and Wildlife Aid Foundation.

The aim is to raise awareness of the issues and threats facing animals in the UK and tell the stories of those who need rescuing, rehoming or are in need in some extra care.

Ben Frow, director of programming at Channel 5, said: “We are thrilled that Help the Animals is back for a second year with a week full of programming to shine a light on animal welfare and raise more money for these brilliant charities.”

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