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Dawdle For Donkeys

June 15 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Free – £53.24
person in donkey costume with volunteers for Dawdle for Donkeys walk

Take on The Donkey Sanctuary’s new walking challenge in Sidmouth, Devon and help raise funds for donkeys and mules in need.

About this Event

Transforming lives, one step at a time.

2019 marks The Donkey Sanctuary’s 50th Anniversary and the inaugural year of our Dawdle for Donkeys fundraising walk.

Orienteer around the wider sanctuary on a family-friendly 5k or adventurous 10k course with your family, friends and work colleagues and help raise funds for donkeys and mules in need – like the 29 Blackpool beach donkeys rescued from months of repeated abuse by their owners.

Subjected to inhumane treatment and without basic care, many of the donkeys had serious health concerns and sadly, two of the donkeys had to be put to sleep. However, since coming into our care, the remaining 27 donkeys have had their lives turned around with the support of vets, farriers, equine dentists and grooms.

So far, the cost of their care has exceeded £100,000; help us provide a safe and secure future for more donkeys like the rescued Blackpool beach donkeys, by signing up today.

As well as enjoying the stunning walks around the sanctuary, you’ll meet many of the friendly resident donkeys and see how the money you raise directly helps improve their lives and the lives of other donkeys in the UK and further afield.

There will also be pit stops for refreshments, and entertainment and activities to keep you motivated throughout the walk!

Event programme:

9am: Arrive for registration, face painting, donkey ear making, entertainment and pre-walk refreshments.

10am: Fun group warm-up session lead by LED Class Instructor

10.15am: 10km walk starts

10.30am: 5km walk starts

The walk ends with medals handed out – time to grab a take-away from our street food traders, visit The Kitchen restaurant or enjoy a picnic in the lovely surroundings of the sanctuary.

Registration fee:

Adult 5km – £10 plus booking fee

Adult 10km – £10 plus booking fee

U16s – FREE (All children must be accompanied by an adult.)

Corporate team (unlimited team members) – £50 plus booking fee


Please pledge to raise sponsorship of £50 per adult or £500 per corporate team by creating a fundraiser through our Just Giving page or download our sponsorship form here.

Every penny raised is amazing and will directly help donkeys in need.

WIN! All adults meeting the suggested sponsorship target will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a 2-hour VIP donkey experience for up to 4 people.

Similarly, corporate teams meeting the sponsorship target will be entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a 4-hour group donkey experience for up to 8 people.

Additional information:

WHAT TO WEAR: Sturdy walking boots are essential, or comfortable wellies with a good grip (some of the paths are muddy and slippery); waterproof jacket .

CANCELLATION POLICY: The walk will go ahead come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds if you change your mind and are unable to attend.

RISK – PLEASE READ: This walk is entirely at your own risk. No liability is accepted for accidents or incidents.

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June 15
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Free – £53.24
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The Donkey Sanctuary
01395 578222


The Donkey Sanctuary
Slade House Farm
Sidmouth,EX10 0NUUnited Kingdom
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