Knowle care home gallops to donkeys rescue - The Solihull Observer

Knowle care home gallops to donkeys rescue

Solihull Editorial 10th Jul, 2024   0

THERE WERE no long faces when a Knowle care home offered a helping hand to support three rescue donkeys.

Birchmere House Care has become the official sponsors of Red, Pink, and Baby Blue.

The trio were at risk of euthanasia before resident Mark Roberts answered a plea for assistance on a Knowle Village Facebook page.

Determined to save these animals, Mark decided to provide them a home in his field but needed help with the associated veterinary expenses and equine passports, which are a legal requirement in the United Kingdom for all equines.

Responding to this call for help, Birchmere House Care Home offered their support. Kerry contacted Mark to ascertain the specific needs and arranged for the care home to sponsor the donkeys.

This sponsorship included funding for three comprehensive health checks and the necessary equine passports.




In addition to financial support, Kerry and Nicola reached out to a local farmer who generously donated and delivered two large bales of hay to sustain the donkeys.

The care home’s senior well-being co-ordinator, Kerry Counihan, and customer service manager, Nicola Urry, were involved in the mission to help the equine entourage.


Nicola said: “Red, Pink, and Baby Blue are beautiful animals, and we are delighted to contribute to Mark’s altruistic mission.

“It brings us great joy to know that Birchmere House Care Home residents and the wider community will have the opportunity to visit and interact with these lovely creatures.

“They are sure to bring so much happiness and joy to the village.”

Mark has since upgraded the field to include visitor amenities such as restrooms and a drop kerb for enhanced accessibility.

He said: “Birchmere House Care Home residents will always have VIP access to visit the donkeys. I am immensely grateful to Kerry, Nicola, and everyone at Birchmere House Care Home for their generous assistance and support.”

Residents of Birchmere House Care Home are said to be eagerly anticipating regular visits to their new donkey friends, further strengthening the bond between the care home and the local community.

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