Sanctuary Owners Injured in bombing.

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Raised by 661 people in 19 months
The Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre is a haven for abused and abandoned donkeys and is run by the Howarth Family in Knottingley. It was opened after 19 year old Jenny developed a serious illness as a child and the donkeys helped her recovery. This tight knit family unit have dedicated their entire lives to caring for the animals who need them. They live and work at the sanctuary and run entirely on donations plus the support of volunteers.

On Monday night Jenny (19) and her cousin Jodie (13) attended the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. Their aunties, Josie and Janet were waiting in the foyer to collect them when there was a terrorist bomb detonated. Jenny and Jodie escaped unharmed however Josie and Janet were caught in the blast and are currently in hospital with serious injuries.

The whole family and all the volunteers are devastated and traumatised by the events but we all want to keep the sanctuary open and the donkeys well being is our main priority.

I am a volunteer at the sanctuary and have set up this page on behalf of the sanctuary to raise funds to cover running costs whilst the family recover. We don't want them to have to be worrying about fundraising during this extremely difficult and emotional time.
I am very close to the family and can assure you that the money is going directly to their bank account and will be spent on animal feed, bedding and vets bills.
Please donate if you can to help this wonderful family and their donkeys.

Jenny on amazing humans:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL64ScZt2I7wHP6szmqiRMQzWk8aFoP0R9&v=Eltf7s-uk1A
Facebook:
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1391549101153321

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL64ScZt2I7wHP6szmqiRMQzWk8aFoP0R9&v=Eltf7s-uk1A
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Hello everyone,

We are so overwhelmed by the kindness that has been shown by our supporters and strangers. We would like to thank you all.
The money being raised so far is being used to keep the sanctuary running and the overhead costs. This averages at £2,500 per week.
Josie is going to be in hospital for at least another month, so therefore we do need to keep fundraising to keep the sanctuary safe.
We are also doing other fundraising ideas such as a raffle and if anyone would like to hold their own fundraisers please let us know, we are so grateful for all your supports.

Lots of love,

Wonkey donkey ❤️
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Hi everyone I just wanted to give you an update. I've been trying to do this all day but this weather has played havoc with my internet!
Jackie and Jenny remain
At hospital with Josie, who despite a massive show of strength, courage and determination has a complicated progress which now includes a blood clot.
She is doing very well but it is taking its toll and she needs her family with her.
Therefore we will not be able to reopen tomorrow as we had planned and it is thanks to your support, kindness and understanding that we are able to do this.
Please bear with us if you have recently adopted a donkey or are due a renewal we will get these sorted as soon as we are able to.
If you have booked a party we are still trying to run these with a team at home and rest assured that the donkeys are been very well cared for and are all fit and well.
When we reopen we are planning a huge open day and will keep you all posted on this.
Yours sincerely and eternally gratefully
The wonkey donkey family xxx
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*Update*

Thank you so much to all who've donated, we are completely overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness everyone has shown to us at this difficult time. Josie has now undergone four procedures and may have to undergo more. She is still suffering greatly from the deep shrapnel wounds to her leg and will be in hospital for at least a few more weeks. Despite the pain she is in, Josie is as usual being very brave and is refusing to let this get her down.
I have increased the target due to the family needing to take extra time away to be at the hospital with Josie. We still have so much to do at the sanctuary even when we're closed and desperately need the funds.
Please keep an eye on our facebook page for updates on Josie and our re-opening. Once again thank you so much for your support.
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Josie Gibbs
18 months ago
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Our thoughts are with you You are all such lovely people I should have had a lesson with Claire on Wednesday so I have donated my lesson money to the Donkey Sanctuary instead Big Hugs Josie

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Tracey Ryan
18 months ago
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If you need help at the sanctuary I am more than willing to lend a helping hand, in the mean time I wish you a peaceful speedy recovery ❤

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£12,630 of £12,500 goal

Raised by 661 people in 19 months
Created May 23, 2017
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Anonymous
9 months ago
WT
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Wendy Tomlinson
12 months ago

When me and mum came to see your lovely donkeys and you told us both about what you've been through I thought I'd give just a little extra to help. See you on the 2nd. P.s your daughter is a little star. A true inspiration. Thank you. Xxx

SH
£10
Samantha Hooper
13 months ago

Sending much love to you all. I hope this small donation will help :) x

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Anonymous
15 months ago
JB
£100
Jane Brown
16 months ago

A gift in memory of Jane Addy, who loved animals.

CD
£10
Ciora Dillon
16 months ago

Good luck and wishing you well for a speedy recovery

JW
£10
Joanne Walsh
16 months ago

donation pontefract ladies at interserve dressdown

JW
£25
Joanne Walsh
17 months ago

Money raised by the staff at interserve pontefract x

Josie Gibbs
18 months ago
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2

Our thoughts are with you You are all such lovely people I should have had a lesson with Claire on Wednesday so I have donated my lesson money to the Donkey Sanctuary instead Big Hugs Josie

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Tracey Ryan
18 months ago
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If you need help at the sanctuary I am more than willing to lend a helping hand, in the mean time I wish you a peaceful speedy recovery ❤

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