I.O.W. Donkey Sanctuary

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary has received a grant from the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust, a trust which supports equines in need of homes and welfare.
The Trust considered a bid from the sanctuary to support improvements to stabling and fencing. Currently the sanctuary is the home for 94 donkeys and 28 horses and ponies, all of whom have been rescued or made homeless.
Business Manager Carol Foote said ‘The grant will make a significant difference to the lives of these animals, and we are really grateful to the Elise Pilkington Fund Trustees for their support. We do not have enough indoor accommodation for all of our animals at the moment and so we are building some shelters and stables around the outside of our barn. This will give winter accommodation for the animals but will still allow the public the opportunity to get ‘up close and personal ‘with sanctuary’s residents.’
The second part of the scheme is a continuing upgrade to the sanctuary’s fencing. Geoff Hogg, Chair of Trustees said ‘One of our aims is to get rid of all the barbed wire fencing around the farm, which is old, inappropriate and potentially harmful. This award will allow us to create some newly fenced paddocks and to replace the old barbed wire.’
The charity survives mainly on donations, and through donkey adoptions, so support from this type of grant is vital for the charity’s continuing well being.
Work on the new facilities is expected to start in the first week of November and it is hoped that some of the facilities will be up and running by the end of January 2017.