Thumbelina joins Walk for War Horse

Our Walk for Walk Horse next month, in association with the Donkey Breed Society, has really taken off – and there’s still a few days left to register. The latest recruit is Thumbelina, a 16 months old miniature donkey from Mersea Island, near Colchester.

Thumbelina, like Patrick our celebrity pony, is training to be a therapy equid to work with children. She lives with Jude Pearce who says she’s looking forward to taking part and will use it as an opportunity to do some exploring around the glorious Essex countryside near their home. Jude is also the proud owner of Tartan, a second donkey who is just four months old and too young to venture far. Pictured here wearing her knitted purple poppy and smart red collar, she will be taking part by walking round her field.

COVID-19 has meant that most animal sanctuaries and rescue centres in the UK have struggled over the past months to keep going. War Horse Memorial, through its Animal Purple Poppy Fund, is trying to help the most deserving. Now we have an opportunity to raise money through sponsorship and, because it’s not a group activity, it’s a great way for individuals and families to keep within government guidelines while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the UK in the Spring.

Anyone interested should email to register. For a £10 registration fee per animal, War Horse Memorial will send by post a metal purple poppy pin badge and a knitted poppy to attach to collars and bridles. People are asked over April to record their routes, and the number of miles walked – and importantly, take photos en route. On April 30, 2021 they need to submit their log of miles covered and a selection of three photos that show the local countryside at its best. Judges will award prizes for the best entries in a number of categories.

Thumbelina joins Walk for War Horse

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