Service for late Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary founder

Prayers and hymns for Dr S

SIDMOUTH’S Donkey Sanctuary will stage a service of thanksgiving on Friday, July 1, to celebrate the life and work of its late founder Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE.

The service, at 11am, is an opportunity for supporters and staff to commemorate Dr Svendsen’s lifetime of love and compassion for abused, abandoned and neglected donkeys and mules around the world.

Hymns and prayers will be led the sanctuary’s chaplain, The Reverend Angie Gammon, and the service will include tributes from chief executive David Cook, John Akers, chief executive of the Elisabeth Svendsen Trust, and a family tribute by Dr Svendsen’s son, Paul, director of care and welfare.

David Cook said: “Dr Svendsen was truly inspirational and with her drive and passion achieved so much. The service of thanksgiving will be an opportunity for those who knew her to celebrate her hard work and share fond memories.

“The charity that Dr Svendsen built from nothing to the international organisation it is today will continue its work in her memory, holding fast to her vision of a world in which all donkey’s and mules receive the care and respect they need and deserve.”

There will be a photo exhibition of Dr Svendsen and her work, and a dedicated DVD playing in the video room for people to view.