Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Bonnie the donkey takes up the reins

A new donkey has taken up the reins to deliver Christmas cards to villagers next week and raise funds for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Bonnie will be clip-clopping around Crockham Hill on Saturday and Sunday (December 12th and 13th), posting season’s greetings on behalf of residents in return for donations to the life-saving charity.

Her predecessor Harry sadly passed away earlier this year after eight years of doing the rounds and winning an Active Donkey Cup.

Villagers drop off their cards at The Royal Oak pub where a team of Santa’s helpers, the Greenaway family, then spend hours sorting and stamping the mail.

Organiser Peter and Sheila Greenaway said: “Each card is stamped with a donkey logo so recipients know their cards had been delivered by ‘Donkey Post’.

“Bonnie will be adorned in Christmas attire and set off at a steady plod to make the deliveries. We have tremendous support from the residents of Crockham Hill and from well-wishers on our travels.

“We are very grateful to everyone who makes donations and to Paul and Dawn at The Royal Oak for their support too. We couldn’t do it without them all.

“Harry is greatly missed by our family but we are delighted to be able to continue our fundraising with Bonnie.”

Last year, the deliveries raised £1,466 for the air ambulance, which relies almost entirely on donations, and Hospice in the Weald.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is one of the official Charity Partners for the 2106 Brighton Marathon and 10k. Anyone interested in running on behalf of the charity is urged to call 01622 833833.

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