Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary family session returns

A club that lets disabled children ride donkeys alongside their able-bodied siblings returned after a summer break on Saturday.

The Donkey Sanctuary’s monthly open session is a chance for brothers and sisters to bond while their parents and carers relax over a cup of tea or coffee and have the opportunity to meet others in a similar situation.

Lauriel Woodley, centre manager for The Donkey Sanctuary’s Donkey Assisted Therapy centre in Sidmouth, said: “For families with children with additional needs it can be a real challenge to find activities that all your children can enjoy together.

“The beauty of riding therapy with our donkeys is that the children are all able to participate and share a fun morning with their siblings.

“We are looking forward to welcoming plenty of families for fun filled mornings with our gorgeous donkeys.”


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The club was well attended, with 24 children from 14 families benefiting from the drop-in donkey riding therapy centre.

The Saturday Club is held on the second Saturday of each month between 10am and 1pm, and last week coincided with a fundraising craft fair.

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