Exmouth care home welcomes Willow the donkey

PUBLISHED: 15:12 20 June 2018

Diana Marshall from Fernihurst Nursing Home with Willow the donkey from Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref exe 20 18TI 3440. Picture: Terry Ife

Diana Marshall from Fernihurst Nursing Home with Willow the donkey from Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref exe 20 18TI 3440. Picture: Terry Ife

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Residents and staff at Fernihurst Nursing Home, in Douglas Avenue, recently welcomed Mediterranean miniature donkey, Willow, for a visit.

Diana Marshall from Fernihurst Nursing Home with Willow the donkey from Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref exe 20 18TI 3439. Picture: Terry IfeDiana Marshall from Fernihurst Nursing Home with Willow the donkey from Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref exe 20 18TI 3439. Picture: Terry Ife

The visit was as part of International Donkey Week, now in its 35th year, launched by the Donkey Sanctuary to encourage all ages to earn more about donkeys.

The 16-year-old donkey is a regular visitor to Fernihurst Nursing Home; staff said he was ‘well-known for his gentle nature and love of meeting both familiar and new people’.

“Our residents just love animal visits – especially from our frequent guest Willow the donkey.

“They love stroking his soft fur, it’s very therapeutic.”

Diana Marshall from Fernihurst Nursing Home with Willow the donkey from Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref exe 20 18TI 3438. Picture: Terry IfeDiana Marshall from Fernihurst Nursing Home with Willow the donkey from Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref exe 20 18TI 3438. Picture: Terry Ife

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, is a registered charity, with sanctuaries across Europe.

The rescue donkeys are primarily used for riding therapy for children with additional needs but also as animal therapy for older people in care homes, particularly those living with dementia.

Alan Montgomery from Fernihurst Nursing Home with Willow the donkey from Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref exe 20 18TI 3436. Picture: Terry IfeAlan Montgomery from Fernihurst Nursing Home with Willow the donkey from Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Ref exe 20 18TI 3436. Picture: Terry Ife

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