First for The Donkey Sanctuary as charity offers ‘virtual day out’ at its Sidmouth base on Easter Sunday

The Donkey Sanctuary is offering residents a chance to beat lockdown boredom by enjoying a ‘virtual day out’ its Sidmouth home on Easter Sunday.

The six live Facebook broadcasts tomorrow (April 12) will be a first for the international animal welfare charity.

‘Sanctuary from your Sofa’ will follow the life of the resident donkeys and the staff who care for them.

Highlights include meeting the main herd of around 50 donkeys in the heart of the sanctuary at 10am, before heading out to visit some of the adoption animals in their paddocks at 11am.

Then it will be time to call in on some donkey-assisted therapy at noon.

At 2pm, it will be time to meet some of the long-haired giant Poitou donkeys, before taking a tour of the sanctuary with Ponk and his groom at 3pm.

The day ends at 4pm as viewers catch up with staff preparing the medications for the charity’s older donkeys.

Maxine Carter, farm manager at the Sidmouth sanctuary, said: “We wanted to create a special day for all those people who are missing their ‘donkey fix’.

“We hope that our regular visitors, supporters and those who have not yet visited the sanctuary will enjoy finding out more about our work, while seeing how our resident donkeys are cared for during this unprecedented time.”

To access the live ‘Sanctuary from your Sofa’ broadcasts, please visit The Donkey Sanctuary’s website here.

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