This Sunday is a ‘Day At The Races’ at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.

The event has been organised to say thank you to the Islanders and holiday makers who have visited and supported the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary at Wroxall throughout the year – and is a great reason for a first time visit.

A Day At The Races promises a packed day of fun for all the family, including a Carrot and spoon race, a Mum and Dad Derby, a Shetland pony Slalom and much more.

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As well as saying thank you, the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is hoping it will provide an end of year boost to help with funding the care of the animals.

It currently costs over half a million pounds each year to fund the important work that team of staff and volunteers provide every day of the year to the animals in their care.

Oliver is one of the Donkey Sanctuary’s ‘Special Care Herd’. He has a very bad back from being ridden by heavy people in his past and is on medication to keep him pain free. Oliver also has special shoes made regularly which enable him to move around comfortably. The costs to help Oliver are mainly generated by the donations of visitors to the Wroxall site.

Carol Foote, Business Manager and Legacy Officer at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary said:

“Seeing our donkeys enjoying life daily, whether they are 2 or 42, it is easy to forget that all they have is us to ensure their lives are that good – and it is also easy to forget that without the support we receive from Islanders, visitors and supporters, we simply couldn’t provide a home and the care that these very loveable animals need.

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“By having a day such as this, we hope to appeal to a very wide audience and in doing so provide a day that they will enjoy, remember and associate with the support they have given us throughout the year.  A very small way of saying ‘Thank You’ for an enormous amount of support.”

Market Stalls and a Victorian funfair will be at the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary and there will be live music throughout the day.

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is Red Funnel’s charity of the year, and Red Funnel’s Dancing Man, Jim O’Reilly – the UK’s Tourism Superstar 2018 – will also be making an appearance. Jim will be testing people’s ability to follow instructions in a fun game with a wheelbarrow and bales of straw. There will also be a special naming ceremony for the Red Funnel sponsored donkey, Merlin.

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