Donkey sanctuary’s appeal for help after wind damages shelter

Volunteer Andrew Rae with some of the sanctuary's donkeys inside the repaired shelter, which had been damaged in this month's gales. Photo by John Crossland.
Volunteer Andrew Rae with some of the sanctuary's donkeys inside the repaired shelter, which had been damaged in this month's gales. Photo by John Crossland.

A TREASURED animal sanctuary in Huttoft has been forced to spend funds on vital repairs after disaster struck during the recent high winds.

The Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary had to act quickly when the ferocious gusts blew over the donkey’s expensive field shelter, lifting it clear over the fence and smashing it upside down in the hedge.

“Luckily no animals were hurt as they were all stabled at the time but they could have been killed or seriously injured,” said Tracy Garton sanctuary owner.

However, thanks to the kindness of sanctuary volunteers and £900 for new wood, roofing and steelwork, the shelter has been brought back to life after a week of hard work and repairs.

“Funds are very tight after this disaster and we know that people are struggling and money is scarce but people who can’t help us financially can help us by donating unwanted presents or bottles of alcohol that we can use as tombola prizes.

“We also need books, clothes, shoes, toys and good quality bric-a-brac that we can sell to help raise funds to look after the residents,” added Tracy.

Currently, the sanctuary is caring for 30 donkeys, four ponies and three horses and this is the time of year when donations are needed most.

“This time of year is our worst, we rely on donations from the public to survive, thankfully we have not had the awful weather we had last year but things are still very tight, we have several donkeys who are ill or old and it’s all very expensive, but the welfare of the donkeys is always our first priority,” explained Tracy.

The sanctuary says they are so grateful for the support it receives and without it, they couldn’t care for the donkeys as it is run by unpaid volunteers,

To donate items or for more information call Tracy on 07940 146330.

The sanctuary is open every weekend from 11am till 3pm, and from March, it will be open 10am till 4pm each weekend.