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RIHAF raffles donates to Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys

Over £560 raised for charity.

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Proceeds raised from the raffle at RIHAF’s annual conference – Scottish Rural and Islands Housing Conference – have been donated to Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys (FRED). Over £560 was raised for the charity.

FRED, which is located 25 minutes north east of Dumfries, was chosen by this year’s conference host, Loreburn Housing Association.

FRED is a small family run organisation which is dedicated to providing the best care, attention and love to old donkeys in the latter stages of their life. This attention to their needs is offered in a knowledgeable and experienced manner.

The founding trustees of FRED have immense understanding of the needs of donkeys and a proven track record in caring for them throughout their lives. Donkey welfare is at the heart of this organisation and, in particular, the welfare of elderly donkeys.

At FRED, old donkeys can live out their remaining years in the peaceful companionship of other elderly donkeys. Their physical and medical needs are fully met by the experienced vets, farrier and Equine Dental Technician. In the good weather the old donkeys can potter about in their paddocks, at their own pace, with other donkeys. The donkeys all have stabling in poor weather with clean, deep beds and first-class nutrition.

Pictured: Left to right – Stuart Watson, FRED; Vicky McDonald, LHA Income Officer; Morris the photogenic donkey; Jo Petherick, LHA Income Officer; Kazamira McGroarty, FRED; and Derek Pennycook, DGWGO and LHA Videographer. Second from the right is a Loreburn customer (Mercedes Rutherford) who volunteers at a Shetland Pony Centre in Springholm. She was selected form Loreburn residents to present the cheque.

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