Blogmas 2018 – supporting the Donkey Sanctuary this December

I mentioned in my Blogmas is coming post that I would be talking about three charities throughout Blogmas, and the first one of these posts is today.
According to the Donkey sanctuary’s website, there are 50 million donkey around the world. The sanctuary works to improve the lives of donkeys worldwide, training vets, helping people to learn how to take better care of their donkeys, contributing to research, and also working to put an end to cruel treatment. The various sanctuaries around the UK also provide homes for the donkeys in their care.
I mentioned last time how you can adopt a donkey, but the adoption packs can also be given as Christmas presents to the animal-loving friend who would like to know that the money for their gift went to a good cause.
Alternatively, the donkey sanctuary has a range of gifts that can be bought either online, or from their shop in Sidmouth, Devon. I particularly like the donkey foal – one of the more expensive things on there, but there are gifts for all budgets, and things such as cards, bags, magnets, pictures, and sculptures.
For anyone who is in the Devon area and who wants to go along, there is a Carols by Candlelight service at the Sidmouth Centre on 14th December, from 3pm till 7pm. Entrance is free, and after some festive music in the yard, you’ll be able to go to the barn, where a 45-minute carol service will be held, surrounded by the donkeys! You may even hear them singing along! No booking necessary. Dogs on leads are welcome.
If you’d like to listen, but can’t be in the area, the sound on the barn webcam will be turned on – so listen out for those donkey brays if you decide to listen in! You can find out more about Carols by Candlelight here.

Advent calendar unboxing

Throughout Blogmas I’ll be unboxing my two advent calendars from Glossybox and the Body Shop and giving a brief product review.
Body Shop – Lash Hero fibre extension mascara – I have never tried this. It’s a two-step mascara with a lash primer and then the mascara part with extension fibres. I’ll need to find some tactile way of marking which one you use first because by touch bot h ends feel the same unless you want to touch the wand, which I don’t! I have a couple open at the moment, but look forward to giving this a go once I’ve used up some of my others.
Glossybox – a Yankey candle in the scent berry trifle. I knew there was a candle in there, but I didn’t realise it was one of the little ones in a glass jar. This is a lovely addition to the calendar and will make the room smell festive (in general I think Christmas desserts smell better than they taste anyway!) So again, two good products today!
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8 thoughts on “Blogmas 2018 – supporting the Donkey Sanctuary this December”

    1. Thank you! This is Cocoa, the donkey who I’m sponsoring this year. He’s retired now and having a chilled-out time at the sanctuary! I’m sure Dizzy would like him too XX

      1. Awww, my boyfriend sponsors one called Eeyore for me. 🙂 It was a little present a couple of years ago when I wasn’t very well. My one is at one of their smaller sites though. 🙂 xxx

  1. Aww donkeys! I mentioned those ‘adopt a…’ gifts in my last blog post, they’re a great idea for an experience gift with a heart and great cause. I wish I were in Devon, that’s one Carol service that I’d like to go to, it sounds lovely. I love that they’ve gone high tec with hooking the barn up to webcam!! =]
    Caz xx

    1. I know, it would be lovely if you could hear the donkeys on there. It’s not that close for us either, but maybe we could go down to Devon for a weekend because I’d love to meet the donkeys.I agree the adoptions make a good present, particularly for people who love animals. XX

  2. Ok, so you know my animal obsession, I LOVE this idea. I support a charity called SPANA, and they too help the donkeys all over the world. Poor donkeys get a rough deal as they are such hard working little animals. Breaks my heart. I do think education is gaining momentum though, and these donkeys will get looked after a little better. Great post xx

    1. If you open that animal sanctuary, maybe there will be a field for donkeys too. I love them, and I think you’re right – the more charities do to educate people, the better, and as bloggers we can play a role in that too. XX

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