Millie and Tippy welcoming Nigel Adams to the Wonkey Donkey sanctuary near Cridling Stubbs
Selby and Ainsty MP Nigel Adams visited a local donkey sanctuary which has had to close temporarily while its proprietor Josie recovers from serious injuries suffered during the Manchester Arena terror attack. The Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre, which cares for abandoned donkeys, is near Cridling Stubbs. Josie’s sister Janet, who runs the nearby Manor Grange Stud, was also seriously injured in the attack.
Nigel said, “I visited the centre because of the tragic events at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. The visit opened my eyes to the kindness and generosity that most people show to each other and to animals but also to how horrific the Manchester suicide bomb attack had been.”
During the visit Nigel was able to get close to the donkeys, which are very friendly and affectionate animals. He said, “It was a real pleasure to mingle with them in their field. The challenge the centre now faces is to continue looking after the donkeys while Josie recovers. The plan is to get the centre re-opened for visitors as soon as possible.”
Jenny (19) and her cousin Jodie (13) had been taken to the Ariana Grande concert by their aunts, Josie and Janet. After the event Josie and Janet were waiting in the foyer to collect the girls and were close to where the terrorist detonated the bomb which claimed so many lives. While Jenny and Jodie escaped unharmed, Josie and Janet were both seriously injured. Josie is still in hospital in Bolton. Janet is back home but is awaiting another operation to treat her injuries.
The whole family and all the volunteers are devastated by the events but want to keep the sanctuary open and ensure that the donkeys continue to be well looked after.
Nigel visited the centre ahead of its re-opening to the public, sponsored four of the donkeys, and offered to help organise the hay harvest. He also met with staff who are trying to raise funds to keep the sanctuary running.
Nigel said, “The Wonkey Donkey visitor centre and café is a fantastic place and will be reopening shortly. Given the tragic circumstances that Josie, Janet and the girls found themselves in, the centre needs as much help as possible. Any donations to help look after the donkeys, and provide hay, straw or feed would all help to make sure that the donkeys are well cared for.”
Centre Manager Joanne Parsons commented: “We are overwhelmed with the support we are receiving to carry us through this difficult time and hope to be able to reopen soon. We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us so far, the donkeys are all fine and looking forward to meeting visitors soon. I am pleased that they made Nigel feel so welcome.”
A fundraising page has also been set up to appeal for donations which will go towards paying for animal feed, vet bills and bedding. If you’d like to help, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/wonkeydonkey