Tim and Dawn moved into Newmarket, Nailsworth in October 2015. Tim, who has a farming background and a life long passion for animals, particularly donkeys, first rescued Gussy over 40 years ago, when she was left for dead in a field.
Dawn and Tim didn't intend to set up a donkey sanctuary, it just happened! Gussy needed some companions. They had already rescued Pedro and then they came across some nice people who had April, so then there were three. Three then quickly became 4,5 and 6! They found Rollo, then poor Mags and her little foal Millie.
After that came Paddy, Teddy, Chester and George, plus two sheep Bonnie and Clyde. (Dear Bonnie died in 2020).
The latest donkeys to come to the sanctuary are Fudge and Treacle and three additional sheep Pip, Lulu and Lala. Pip sadly died in 2021.
The Sanctuary is very much a part of the Nailsworth Community.
The Sanctuary get lots of visitors who stop by to see the donkeys and people can make an appointment to come and meet the donkeys and sheep in person. If you would like to visit, contact us.
The Sanctuary has school children visit where they have written school projects about the donkeys. They also work in partnership with special education schools and children that are ill. They also have visits from other community groups such as the Brownies.
Tim and Dawn care, feed and fund the donkeys themselves and also have lots of generous support from the local community through donations, adoptions and sponsorship from local businesses. They also sell calendars and cards, have a market stall at Christmas, jumble sales, fundraising evenings and car boot sales.
You can find out more about fundraising here.
A BIG THANK YOU FROM US
We have so much help and support from so many wonderful people. The kindness we receive from our local community is unbelievable. In particular we would like to thank our wonderful vets Water Lane Equine Vets who oversee the donkeys' health. Also Stroud Farm Services, our builders Clive and Martin and our lovely volunteers Arthur, Freya, James and Sara.