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Dazzling boost for Leeds donkey sanctuary

The Donkey Sanctuary  launch their major fundraising appeal for the year ahead of their black tie ball in September.  Picture show Donkeys  Doodles and Joey, with Jamie Jones Buchanan with Thalia Harley-Roberts and Joshua Gilbert-Greenwood and Kirsty Christmas.  (BR1002/18a)  14 February 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Donkey Sanctuary launch their major fundraising appeal for the year ahead of their black tie ball in September. Picture show Donkeys Doodles and Joey, with Jamie Jones Buchanan with Thalia Harley-Roberts and Joshua Gilbert-Greenwood and Kirsty Christmas. (BR1002/18a) 14 February 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Four-legged friends at a Leeds donkey sanctuary are donning diamantes to raise money to transform children’s lives.

The Donkey Sanctuary, in Eccup, provides life-changing riding therapy to hundreds of disabled youngsters every year,

Fundraisers are holding a Black Tie and Diamond Ball in Leeds to raise money to allow the centre, which marks its 15th birthday this year, to continue its work.

Around 200 children visit the north Leeds centre, which costs around £350,00 a year to run, every week.

Kirsty Christmas, fundraiser and riding instructor, said: “The work we do here does make a massive difference to children.

“We have youngsters who have come to our centre and they have not even been able to sit up.

“Donkey therapy really helps to develop their core strength and is such a rewarding job.

“It is wonderful working with the donkeys and they love working with the children.

“They have such a rapport and bond with the children and it is extremely rewarding.

“The fact that we are still going strong after 15 years is testament to the amount of support we get locally. We have to raise around £75,000 a year and it is a big challenge.”

Tickets to the ball which will be held at The Marriott, in Leeds, on Saturday, September 27, are £50 each.

To book contact 0113 2619249 or email donkeysanctuaryball@gmail.com.

 

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