Donkey Sanctuary Christmas Fair: Contributions needed



What: Sutton Coldfield Donkey Sanctuary Christmas Fair

Where: Donkey Sanctuary, Sutton Park (Town Gate entrance), B74 2YT

When: 12th December 10.30am-3pm


Sutton Coldfield’s Donkey Sanctuary is appealing for contributions towards their 2015 Christmas Fair.


The charity relies entirely on voluntary donations and is currently inviting donations or equipment to help build their Christmas grotto. In addition good quality new & nearly new items and prizes are needed for stalls & raffles on the day.


Sara Gee, a riding instructor at the Donkey Sanctuary said:


“Our major fund raiser of the year is our Christmas Fair and grotto. Donations of good quality items and potential prizes for the raffle and tombola are always welcome.


“On the day of the Christmas Fair our grotto will be open to the public for one day only. The grotto will be a wheelchair friendly Alice in Wonderland theme where children can meander through a forest to Santa’s den.”


The Donkey Sanctuary Birmingham is an assisted therapy centre offering therapy and outreach visits to children and adults with additional needs in the local community. The centre located in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield has been open since 1994.


Sara went on to explain:


“The benefits of donkeys assisted therapy are many and we find it works very well for autistic children too. Many other equine therapy centres exist but few use donkeys who are ideally suited to KS1 & 2 children with their gentle caring nature.


“Donkeys and the people who rely on them, [for their livelihoods or to help them cope with physical, mental and emotional challenges], lie at the heart of everything we do.”


Sue Brennan, centre manager added:


“I couldn’t have found a more enjoyable job. I work at a centre which gives the children not only therapy and enjoyment but a unique experience. I get a lot of enjoyment out of watching the children progress.”


The Donkey Sanctuary Fair takes place on 12th December 10.30am-3pm at Town Gate, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2YT.

For further details, please call the Centre on 0121 354 9444.

By Emma O’Hanlon