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

Archant

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

Other News Stories

The organiser of Budleigh Salterton’s weekly farmers’ market has issued a ‘use it or lose it’ plea to shoppers ahead of a Christmas event later this month.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:43

Money spent by shoppers in a Budleigh Salterton shop has been donated to a day care centre for elderly residents.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:24

Acting headteacher Nicky Taylor-Bashford was singled out for praise by Ofsted’s inspectors.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:19

A number of vans were broken into in Exmouth over the weekend according to Police.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:49

East Devon has one of the highest rates of excess winter deaths in the South West, official figures show.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:42

Exmouth Community Food Larder has issued an urgent statement after misleading reports on social media.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:09

Both of Exmouth’s rotary clubs are coming together to bring Santa to the streets of Exmouth next week.

Read more
Saturday, December 8, 2018

Civic leaders have launched a bid to take ‘practical actions’ to help reduce Exmouth’s single-use plastics.

Read more
Friday, December 7, 2018

School children swapped the classroom for the council chamber as they played councillor for the day.

Read more
Friday, December 7, 2018

East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire made the remarks about the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal earlier this week in the House of Commons.

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Exmouth Journal twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications