Charity Committee's Donkey Day

In April, our Charity Committee were given the opportunity to visit the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, to see first-hand the work that they do. 

Over the course of the day, the committee were able to take part in activities that the Sanctuary, Red Funnel's Charity of the Year, provides for schools and groups throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including Pony Slaloming and Donkey Grooming. Many of these activities prove successful— providing stimulation, comfort and confidence for visitors of all ages.

Activities such as these are especially popular with young people who experience difficulties in learning or are disabled. The Sanctuary provides a caring and creative environment for them to develop skills and self-assurance, as well as delivering peace and tranquility to many. You can read about the therapy and education that the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary can offer here.


“As a member of the Charities Committee, I recently visited the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.  Whilst I tried my best to keep my allergy to equines at bay, we had a full tour of the facilities which include pristine stabling for the donkeys where visiting members of the public can interact with the animals and get involved with elements of their care.  There was also a lovely cafeteria and gift shop which helps bring much needed revenue into the centre. The most impressive part of the Sanctuary’s work, as far as I am concerned, is the outreach work they do with the donkeys to assist with the therapy of disabled or ill people as it can make a big difference to the enrichment of a person’s life.  I am looking forward to seeing how the proceeds of our fundraising efforts over the coming year will help to further improve the facilities at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.”– Matthew, Hi-Speed Marine Environmental Health and Safety Officer