Staff at the Morrisons store in Hyde are showing how much they care by supporting The Donkey Sanctuary Manchester with regular donations of fruit and vegetables for the charity’s donkeys. The healthy treats, which have included carrots, swede, apples and pineapples were met with delight by the centre’s resident 18 donkeys in Abbey Hey.
After being contacted by their local Morrisons, staff at the international animal welfare charity were told that supermarket workers wanted to donate to the centre every week. On collecting the first load of healthy treats, the gesture was made extra special, as store staff revealed they had also contributed to the donations themselves.
The donated fruit and veg will provide a much needed treat for the centre’s donkeys who deliver Donkey-Assisted Therapy for vulnerable children and adults throughout the community, as well as being used for enrichment activities, such as hiding them within regular haylage to encourage the donkeys’ instinctive foraging behaviour.
Melanie McComb, Centre Manager, The Donkey Sanctuary Manchester said: “I want to say a massive thank you to the team at Morrisons for all the donations of fruit and veg. We are over the moon that we now have a regular supply of good quality produce that will support the welfare and wellbeing of our donkeys.
Mel concluded: “It is such a lovely example of how they are supporting the community through these difficult times, and we look forward to welcoming the store staff to visit us when we reopen.”
The Donkey Sanctuary Manchester remains closed to visitors and office-based staff, but donkey-facing staff are still ensuring the resident donkeys continue to receive the highest level of care.