A Birmingham donkey charity which provides riding therapy for children with special needs was today visiting the two-day Lincolnshire Show to raise awareness of the good cause.
The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys, which has a sanctuary in Birmingham, is attending the show to show off two of the donkeys, call on people to adopt a donkey and offer advice on the care and welfare of the animals.
Sue Brennan, the principal of the Birmingham centre, said: "We are absolutely delighted to offer visitors the opportunity to interact with our friendly donkeys.
"The donkeys help us provide riding therapy for up to 150 children each week and the children love to stroke and ride them.
"Anyone visiting our stand will be able to meet two of our special donkeys and experience for themselves their gentle and placid natures. They're just lovely."
The Elisabeth Svendsen Trust, which relies entirely on donations, aims to bring enjoyment and pleasure into the lives of children who visit the centre each week. The work has proven to help children with their co-ordination and overall development while the specially selected donkeys have a calming influence on the children.
The good cause also has centres in Sidmouth, Leeds and Manchester. Plans are currently being made for a fifth centre to be built in Ivybridge near Plymouth.
For more information about the work of the charity visit the website at www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk