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Donkey lover knits 44 cuddly donkeys for charity

A donkey lover from Bristol has shown her support for The Donkey Sanctuary by knitting more than 40 cuddly donkeys.

Pat Whiting donated 44 knitted donkeys, in all shapes, sizes and colours to the charity. They will be sold to raise funds for the Sidmouth-based organisation.

Pat and her family visited the Donkey Sanctuary recently and handed over the mini herd of woolly donkeys.

“Pat’s knitted donkeys are so popular that one was sold as she was handing them over to our fundraising team,” said a Donkey Sanctuary spokesman.

Pat said: “I have been knitting donkeys for the last three years. I fell in love with the animals after being given an adoption donkey as a Christmas present and when I came to visit the Sanctuary, I thought these donkeys are adorable.

“When I heard I could help the donkeys by knitting them, I thought this was meant to be, as I have had five strokes and my doctor kept telling me to find something therapeutic to do. I don’t need to follow a pattern anymore because I have knitted 125 in total.”

Ruth Burrough, from the fundraising department added: “Pat has made a very kind gesture, and we are so grateful to her for taking the time to provide us with all these knitted donkeys, which we can sell and raise much needed funds to help donkeys around the world.”

If you would like a knitting pattern visit: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

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