Week 40 - Donkey Sanctuary
I have been looking forward to this visit for 6 months. Yes - I love animals. And yes - It has been the butt of many jokes among my colleagues. But the week finally arrived and if I am honest, I hardly slept Sunday night, knowing that I was going to be frolicking around a field all week with these wondrous creatures.
I was greeted by Suzi, whom I had been talking with for 6-months prior to my visit and was just as excited to see me as I was her. She was to be my lovely guide for the week, lining up an exciting access all areas experience at the sanctuary.
The only way to describe the site is like a little village. With stone cottages, narrow walkways, a restaurant, shop and expanses of fields and out houses; you feel part of a community and a special one at that. There is such a warm and friendly atmosphere on site I can understand how they get in excess of 350,000 visitors a year, free to enter 365 days a year.
If you question why so many people donate to the donkey sanctuary then hop in your car and take a day out to their Sidmouth farm. Because I can 100% guarantee after doing that you won't need any convincing. Their soft lovable nature and the impeccable facilities that the charity houses them in, is quite frankly unrivalled. Yes - there are kids with cancer. Yes - there are wounded veterans and yes there are causes out there just as deserving. But donkeys need our care as much as the next thing does. Animal lover or not, once you meet one you'll be sold for life.