Mini Donkeys spread Christmas Cheer

Residents of Ivy Court Care Home in Norwich were visited by a group of miniature donkeys on the 12th December who popped by to spread some Christmas cheer.

During the visit the donkeys met residents in the home’s communal areas, posed for photos and gave residents the opportunity for a cuddle. For those residents that were not able to get out of bed the donkeys paid them a visit instead. Staff really noticed and appreciated the lift in mood that the donkeys provided to everyone in the home. It was clear from all the smiles and laughter that they definitely spread some Christmas cheer.

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing, or Minidonks for short, is run by local resident Sarah McPherson and her team of volunteers. They are taken to a range of organisations with the aim of improving wellbeing and spreading joy. Sarah, who has worked with family carers professionally, as well as having been a carer for two parents with dementia, knows first-hand how stress can be relieved by spending times with animals.

At Ivy Court we provide specialist residential, nursing and dementia care in a purpose built environment. We continuously improve the lives of our residents through offering wide ranging services, activities and events, both in and outside of the home involving members of our local community as often as possible.

If you would like to find out more about this event and/or life at Ivy Court please contact us on 0808 202 0478 or email

Ivy Court

Home Manager

Charles Leonard


Ivy Road,

0808 202 0478
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