Reader letter: Donkeys are wonderful, newsworthy stuff

Donkey's at Heron Lodge care home in Wroxham. Photo: Kingsley Healthcare

Donkey's at Heron Lodge care home in Wroxham. Photo: Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Kingsley Healthcare

Sometimes the news seems to be unremittingly miserable.

Mass killings, political uncertainty, real poverty in our midst and abuse revealed on a massive scale. Little wonder then that depression abounds in our divided society.

From time to time however, something joyful does happen. In the paper (October 6) I was quite amazed to discover an article about donkey visits to care homes and hospitals. The pleasure these visits give to patients and relatives is, I think, wonderful. It cheered me up too. I can certainly remember donkeys on the beach at Yarmouth.

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What a brilliant therapeutic idea such visits are. Animals are one of God's greatest gifts. When we can no longer keep them, good Samaritans like Sarah McPherson fill the gap.

The pictures of donkeys meeting folk represent truly imaginative care. Wonderful, newsworthy stuff.


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