The sanctuary was awarded Rural Tourism Business of the Year and was also presented with the trophy for overall winner, the Rural Business of the Year.
A popular local charity, the santucary is based in Wroxall and is home to 123 rescued and abandoned donkeys along with several ponies and horses.
Since being rescued from the brink of bankruptcy a little over 10 years ago the charity has gone from strength to strength under the leadership of Charity Manager Derek Needham and his business partner Carol Foote.
When asked for his reaction, Derek said:
“We are hugely proud of the welfare work our small, independent charity does to care for donkeys in need of a new, safe home on the Isle of Wight.
“The awards are dedicated to our hardworking volunteers and staff who give their time, skills and patience to ensure our donkeys have everything they need to live a happy, healthy life.
“The Sanctuary has had to adapt and work incredibly hard in recent years through the Coronavirus Pandemic and we’re very grateful to all our supporters that have stood by us to give our donkeys the very best care.”
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