Esther the donkey foal, the poster girl for the 97 horses, ponies and donkeys rescued from Spindles Farm in January 2008, is now the face of Redwings’ adoption scheme.

Esther was aged just a few months when she was rescued from James Gray’s farm in Hyde Heath and moved to Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk along with her mum Martha.

She caught the imagination of the public, with H&H forum members choosing her as the image of their campaign to help the charities with donations of feed and rugs — Operation Esther.

Esther has settled well into Redwings’ Hapton headquarters near Norwich where she will be available to visit at the charity’s summer open weekend on 17-18 July.

And people can again have the chance to play a part in her future by adopting her under the charity’s adoption scheme.

For £12.50 a year, adopters receive a photo, certificate and six-monthly update, and then on her birthday they receive a second update and an invitation to her birthday party in October.

“The public adored little timid Esther at the time of the rescue so she received many kind letters as well as gifts,” said fundraising manager Gemma Carnell.

“We were touched by the outpouring of love for her. We wanted to do something so people could keep in touch with her and feel as if they were helping. We are entirely funded by public donations so every single adoption makes a difference.”

To adopt and meet Esther, visit www.redwings.co.uk or call 01508 481010.