Our Happy Customers - 2018

Here you can find pictures of some of the events we have attended and donkeys we have sold, together with the feedback we received.
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WINDSOR


I just wish to thank "Mikes Donkeys" and his amazing team. I hired some donkeys for a school fete in Windsor Berkshire and the donkeys and helper called Jo were amazing.

It really made the Christmas Fete a more magical experience and the children loved to two beautiful donkeys when they arrived and had a tiny ride.

I would highly recommend Mikes Donkeys to anyone thinking of hiring as the whole process end to end was seamless and magically THANK YOU

Best Wishes
Tess Swinkels
Upton House School, Windsor

POLLARDS HILL


Thank you so much – we had such a lovely time with Maurice and Charlie.

All the children lined up in front of the community centre ooh-ing and aah-ing as the donkeys came down the ramp and went into the gazebo.Magical – we haven’t had anything like that in Pollards Hill for a long time.

Happy to keep publicising your entrancing donkeys and Mikes Donkeys the organisation. I’m so glad we found you.

You wait, any day now I’ll get ‘are you going to have the donkeys again next year’?

Best wishes and I hope your journey home was smooth.
Naomi Martin
Commonside Trust, Pollards Hill

NEWMARKET

Violet absolutely adored her donkey party yesterday as did all her little guests, thank you so much.

The donkeys were adorable and so calm and you were so good with all the children.

So a big thank you from us, our littlest has already announced that she would like a donkey party too!

Many thanks again and best wishes
James, Barbara and Violet

MINEHEAD & WILLITON

I just wanted to thank you and your team and of course Charlie for his visit to our hospitals yesterday.

Unfortunately I wasn’t here but I have just been hearing what a great success Charlie’s visit was to Williton – how well-behaved and gentle he was and how much everyone including our patients enjoyed patting him.

Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved – and Charlie too.

With kind regards
Iris Ravenscroft
Williton Community Hospital

IBM HURSLEY

Thank you so very much for braving the weather and joining us, on Saturday, in celebrating 60 years of IBM in Hursley.

We very much appreciate you coming and making the day what it was, a true celebration. Even though the sun didn't shine many people ventured into the rain to enjoy the outside attractions.

We hope it was worth your while and you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Thank you once again.
Michelle, Anita, Sarah and George
Hursley 60th Anniversary team

WEST EALING

On behalf of the entire SoundBite Festival team a BIG THANKS to Emma, Flash & Finn for a fab day in West Ealing yesterday.

Thanks Emma for managing our donkey rides alongside Geeta et al. As Kelly knows, Geeta was beside herself with joy! Great team effort - I think we did around 130 rides!

Hopefully will be seeing the team again at Christmas.

Again, big thanks.
Rev Caz Dunk
SoundBite Festival

GLOUCESTER


I just wanted to say a massive thank you for our visit from Pedro on Wednesday. It was a brilliant afternoon and our residents loved it.

It brought smiles to everyone’s faces including the staff. It was the topic at tea time and some are still talking about him today. Family members have commented on the photos and said how lovely the afternoon looked.

A big thanks again from all of us at Magdalen House.

Best Wishes
Victoria Moore
Magdalen House Nursing Home

BIRCHWOOD LINCOLN GALA

I want to thank you and your team for the fantastic animals that came to our gala on Saturday – they were the stars of the show! They were a massive hit and were truly gorgeous.

I am hugely grateful for you supporting our event and I really look forward to meeting Pedro and Max again or maybe two other donkeys on 15 December.

Once again, many many thanks and please pass my grateful thanks onto your team – 2 and 4 legged!

Kind regards
Ruth Farningham
Birchwood Big Local

COVENTRY

I just want to thank you for the two lovely Donkeys and their owner that came and made our afternoon the other week.

Pedro and Ned behaved impeccably and the lady who came with them was very understanding with our residents living with Dementia and the children that came and had rides.

A big “thank you” to you and your team for a wonderful experience for all concerned.

Regards
Debbie Meacham
Eden House Care Home

SALFORD


The Fun Day was an amazing day, and the donkeys were the most popular thing there!

We're thinking about doing a similar event next year around the same time. We'll probably have 4 donkeys and 2 staff next time as it was so busy.

Thanks again
Lee Shannon
Friends of Green Grosvenor Park

WOLVERHAMPTON

The two donkeys who came to our event were lovely and a great part of the day.

All the children thoroughly enjoyed the donkey rides.

Thank you to Rob as well.

Kind regards
Danielle Blakeney
Food Festival, Wolverhampton

BOSCH FAMILY FUN DAY STOWMARKET

I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for supporting the event last Thursday for Bosch.

Once again the donkeys went down really well, and we really do appreciate the effort made, especially in the rain.

We’ve had some great feedback from children and parents alike. Please pass our thanks on to Liz!

Kind regards
Lydia Few
EMA Events

HATFIELD


Thank you for attending Animal Crackers event yesterday. I hope you enjoyed being part of the event and enjoyed the lovely weather!

I hope you can be part of it again next year.

Many thanks
Rachel Richardson
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

LONDON TOWER HAMLETS

Just to say, thank you all for making the event on Saturday fantastic!

We’ve had great feedback and couldn’t have done it without you all.

See you again next year!

Joelle Copeland
London Borough of Tower Hamlets

NATIONAL TRUST BIDDULPH

I just wanted to give some feedback and say thank you for Sunday to Amy, Nelson and Coco.

We have never had donkeys in the garden before and we were so impressed with everything. Amy was lovely and our visitors had a great time.

Kind Regards
Charlotte Watson
National Trust - Biddulph Grange Garden

WEST HOVE STREET PARTY


Just to thank you for bringing the donkeys on Saturday - they were the hit of the day and everyone loved them!

I’d no idea donkeys could be so adorable, so gentle and so absolutely perfect for small children.

My granddaughter will NEVER forget her ride. Thank you again, and please pass on all grateful good wishes from us in Langdale Gardens


Louise Dumas

HUNTINGDON

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for letting us have Basil at Hunters Down. We all had a wonderful day and the smiles brought to the faces of our residents and their families was amazing.

People were shocked, in a pleasant way; they said they had never seen a donkey in a home before!

We had lots of children here too and they loved him, he was a really big hit. A huge thank you to Liz too, she was great, very friendly and so lovely with the residents. The day couldn’t have gone better. Thank you.

Kind regards
Rita Adams
Hunters Down Care Home

SUTTON

Please pass on my HUGE thanks to Rob, Sam, Kelly and yourself Annie. Mike's Donkeys are simply the best.

Sam and Rob were amazing on the day, and the animals were simply the stars of the show.

I will use you guys always 😊and am very keen to get something booked in for my Christmas event now (in pencil as nothing officially organised yet). I cant wait.

Kind regards
Katharine Bird
Shop And Play Events

LONDON

Please pass along my sincere thanks to Rob, he was brilliant on the night – as was Pablo the donkey.

The drawing class was slightly busier that I had been told it would be, but both Rob and Pablo handled everything beautifully.

Many thanks again, all the best
Jennie Webber
www.wildlifedrawing.co.uk

WINCHESTER

I just wanted to let you know how fantastic your colleague was who came with the donkeys to the Western Church of England Primary School Summer Fair on July 13th.

She worked very hard with a smile on her face the whole time, and a lot of the children said it was their favourite attraction ever at the summer fair!!

See you (or your donkeys anyway!!) again next year I hope.

Many thanks
Rebecca Lockwood
Western Church of England Primary School

CHELSEA HARBOUR HOTEL


Quick email to thank you for your assistance during the event.

Charlie was definitely a success and everybody was pleasantly surprised by it.

Many thanks
Beatrice Gheorghe
Chelsea Harbour Hotel

NEWBURY

We would like to thank you for coming and joining us at our Summer Fete on the 7th July and also helping us make it a fantastic and the most successful Summer fete we have ever had.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

We are hoping you would be interested in attending our fete again next year.

Daniel & Hannah Smith
St Josephs Primary School

KIDLINGTON

Many thanks to Mike and the Donkeys. The event went brilliantly, helped by the weather of course.

The event was spread over the entire Exeter Close site so there was constant stream of children wanting a ride.

I will keep your details on file for next year’s event.

Kind Regards
Les Dent
Kidlington Parish Council

ADDLESTONE


I just wanted to say a massive thank you to Crystal for coming to visit us with the beautiful Bella and Dougal. The donkeys themselves were so beautifully behaved, gentle and sweet, they completely stole the show on our seaside day!

Crystal herself was only too happy to answer our questions and she was absolutely brilliant with her animals, it was clear to see how much she loves and cares for them. She was brilliant with the children too and we just wanted to say a huge thank you to her for such a great day.

We wouldn’t hesitate to use your company again and we really look forward to having the opportunity to do so in the future.

Many thanks again
Sian Thornton
Holy Family School

NORTHAMPTONSHIRE


Thank you for providing Rob, Ned and Jimmy on the 18th of June. The donkeys looked magnificent in their ribbons, and helped make our mum's funeral exactly the way she had wanted it to be.

Rob was so helpful and accommodating, and the donkeys were great characters. They won many people's hearts, and quite a few people said they would like to have donkeys at their funerals.

Mike's Donkeys is well organised, helpful and efficient. Thank you for making it possible for me to fulfil a promise I made to my mum. I will certainly recommend Mike's Donkeys to anyone in need of some donkeys for any kind of event.

Yours
Peter
Peter Gommon, Consultant

RHIWBINA

I just wanted to email to thank you and your colleagues for another great day at the Rhiwbina Summer Festival.

The donkeys as always were very cute and a huge hit with the children. They really add something special to the festival.

Can you please pass on our thanks to the team and we look forward to next year's festival already. Once we have a date set, I will be in touch.

Kind regards
Tom Reilly
Rhiwbina Summer Festival

MAIDSTONE

We just wanted to write and thank you and your company for a marvellous package that we experienced with our preschool children last Friday 6th July.

Jo was polite, courteous and good fun and the donkeys behaviour was impeccable.

We have been most impressed with the entire experience offered by your company and would have no hesitation in recommending you to others.

Many thanks!
Lisa Cope
Manager, Weavering Preschool

AYLESBURY ON SEA

Please could you pass on my sincere thanks to the entire team who provided the donkey rides for yesterday’s Aylesbury on Sea. It was such a hot day that we insisted that the donkeys rested whenever needed, so I know that we didn’t do as many rides as normal, but hey their welfare is paramount.

Please could you put me in the diary for next year – we will be looking at Sunday 7 July, 2019. We will need 4 again, please.

Many thanks again for everything that you do.

Very best wishes
Ruth Mayhew
Aylesbury Town Council

BLABY

Just wanted to send an email to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Liz and her donkeys, who attended our event on Saturday.

What an absolutely lovely lady Liz is….my daughter (who is 16, but incredibly shy) was working with her, and Liz was so gentle and kind, she immediately put Georgia at ease.

The donkeys were very popular and – as always – so very well looked after. Please pass on thanks from Georgia and myself, and we look forward to working with you again next summer.

Kindest regards as always
Beverly Letts
Blaby Parish Council

BALSHAM


Please pass on our sincere thanks to Liz, Towie and his buddy, sorry can’t remember his name. They did a stirling job in the heat yesterday.

Thanks once again. Will be in touch for 2020!

With kind regards
Debbie Paton
Balsham Feast Committee

CAMBRIDGE

I just wanted to thank you for coming to the Fulbourn Feast last Sunday.

I fully appreciate how much hard work it was with the hot weather, and making sure the donkeys did not suffer. We have received some lovely comments from people who attended, and enjoyed seeing your animals, and having rides.

Having spoken to several children, it seems that they were the highlight of the afternoon, and bearing in mind we were competing with England winning a World Cup football match 6 goals to 1, that’s some achievement!

Thank you so much, I hope they all arrived safely home.

Kind regards
Pam Collis
Fulbourn Feast

MUSWELL HILL

Thank you for the donkey's last Saturday at Muswell Hill Primary School. They were such a hit! The kids loved them and they are still talking about them.

Thank you so much for your amazing service! I am sure we will be in touch again for future events.

Kind regards
Alexandra Vasquez
Treasurer, MHPSPA

WYE

I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you to Kelly and co for Saturday’s Summer Fair at Lady J School in Wye.

We were so lucky with the weather and, as per last year, everything ran so smoothly with the donkey rides. The kids loved them.

Thanks again and I wish you and the team all the best for the rest of the summer bookings!

All the best
Kate Morgan
Lady Joanna Thornhill School

WEDNESBURY

The donkeys were very good everyone loved them and the lady who looked after them was very nice.

Thank you and your staff for all your help. I will recommend you.

Best Regards
Janet Davies
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

MONKTON FARLEIGH FETE


Just wanted to say a big thank you to Christian, and his helper and the two lovely donkeys.

I wasn't able to get any other photos as was busy on my stall, the weather wasn't the best but everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed the seeing and riding on the donkeys.

Many thanks to your organisation.
Jill Burns

LONDON SW17

Just wanted to say how great it was to have the donkeys at our Big Day Out last weekend.

Just like last year they prove to be a big hit with both children and adults!

Please pass on our thanks to Rob and Matthew for all their hard work and infinite patience and also to the lovely donkeys.

Kind Regards
Finola Williams
Furzedown Community Network

GUILDFORD

I just wanted to say a massive thank you for coming to our school fair on Saturday. The Donkeys were such a success and they were wonderful.

We had a brilliant day and I hope your team enjoyed it too.

Kind regards
Zoe Kollov
Boxgrove Primary School, Guildford

DAVENTRY


My name is Hayley and I’m a Therapy Assistant at Badby Park care home, Elysium Healthcare. We had booked for one of your donkey’s to come and visit our residents on the 11th of June.

I just wanted to pass on a massive thanks to your staff that helped me through the booking process and a of course, a huge thank you to Rob who visited us with the adorable Pedro!

Rob arrived way before our start time which meant he was able to see to Pedro, getting him out of the vehicle, watered and groomed which meant it didn’t eat into our booked time. Rob was professional and friendly, which of course made our residents feel as ease. He was chatty with our residents and answering their questions about his small holding and Pedro himself.

Our staff and residents enjoyed hearing about Pedro’s past and how all of your Donkeys are rescue. Pedro was super patient and friendly, an overall great hit with all! We definitely got some amazing reactions and responses, I don’t think anyone was expecting to see a Donkey walk into their home! It was so lovely to see our residents smile and reminisce about their own experiences with farm animals!

Thank you again
Hayley Ashwell
Elysium Neurlogical Services

SURREY COUNTY SHOW

Now that we’ve moved out of the Show Office and the dust is settling on what was for us a very successful Show, I wanted to take a moment to extend a heart-felt thank you for entertaining the crowds at the Surrey County Show this year.

We have had nothing but positive feedback about the entertainment this year, so thank you so much for your organisation and hard work in putting on what was an amazing show.

With very best wishes.
Tracey Longhurst
Acting Chief Executive, Surrey County Show

WESTFIELD

Thank you once again for bringing your lovely donkeys to Westfield Fun Day, they were more popular than ever this year.

Can I ask you to please do the same next year, the date will be the 2nd of June.

Once again, thank you.

Regards
Diana Cooper
Westfield Fun Day

GERRARDS CROSS


I just wanted to send you an enormous personal thank you to Mike for being part of the Fun Run day.

We were blessed with great weather and an enormous turnout and the common was buzzing from dawn till the end of the day!

Thank you so much for bringing the donkeys down for us. The constant queues proved just how popular they are and once again Aussie Mike enjoyed his day with the donkeys.

Once again, a massive thank you to you. Roll on 2020!

Very best wishes
Ann
The Gerrards Cross Fun Run 2018

WOKINGHAM

Thank you so much to Kelly for brining Charlie yesterday we are all still talking about how great it was today.

I will recommend you to all my other activities assistants in homes around Berkshire.

regards
Deane Robinson
Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Care Company, Wokingham

AYLESBURY

Thank you for coming to the fete yesterday. The donkey rides were very popular.

Someone commented on how healthy and happy the donkeys looked. People notice that sort of thing as I am sure you know!

David Pickup
Aylesbury Village Fete

WEST FARLEIGH


We had a lovely time at our May Fair and the donkeys were so adorable and generated a huge interest. I think Mike was busy all day non stop.

We were really delighted to have you amongst our stands and hope we can do it again next year. Thank you for coming all the way!

Best wishes
Agnès Sineux Reading
Dandelion Time, West Farleigh, Maidstone

BEXHILL


photo: Derek Canty


I just wanted to say thank you very much for bringing along your beautiful donkeys to our May Day event last week.

Please could we book you in for the same event next year – 6th May 2019?

Many thanks
Ann
Bexhill Old Town Preservation Society

LINDFORD


We had a brilliant time with the donkeys back on Good Friday – it really made our event and it is going to be something we would want to repeat for next year!

Many many thanks
Michaela
Lindford Church, Bordon, Hampshire

DULVERTON

On behalf of Dulverton By Starlight can I please extend a thank-you for the excellent service and friendliness of everyone at Mike's Donkeys. We have enjoyed meeting the donkeys and so have the visitors to Dulverton By Starlight over the last two years.

On my behalf, may I say that is has been a pleasure to deal with a company that is both professional and approachable and I look forward to working with you again in the future.

With Kindest Regards and best wishes for the future
Yvonne Dale
Dulverton By Starlight Committee Member

SALOP

Just a note to say how very much we enjoyed our brief meeting with your colleague Rob, together with his two delightful charges, this afternoon at Salop Leisure, Shrewsbury.

All three a credit to your company.

Best Wishes from us both
Alan & Margaret
Salop Leisure, Emstrey, Shrewsbury

LONDON

We had a truly great time with donkeys last Sunday. 140 odd rides hugely enjoyed by the children (and their parents).

Please can we make a provisional booking for next year- Palm Sunday is, I think, on Sunday 14th April - two donkeys, please, and, ideally, the same bloke who was excellent.

Johnny EWright
St.Saviour's Church
London W12

MIDHURST

Just to say thank you for sharing Pedro with us today. He was a great success and he and Rob were very patient with the children. We were fortunate with the weather too holding off just long enough.

Many thanks again.

Kind regards

Barbara
Mischief Makers
Midhurst Methodist Church

BATTERSEA

Dermot was wonderful and so was Kim. Thanks to both of them and to your team.

I would like to book for Christmas lights switch on and Palm Sunday 2019, when you are ready!

With huge thanks

Rev’d Tiffany-Alice Ewins
Priest in Charge
St Michael’s Church
London SW11 6SP

BOURNEMOUTH

Thanks so much to you, Mike Donkeys and of course Joseph, Finn, Crystal and Kiki. They were all brilliant-please pass on our thanks and gratitude.

Palm Sunday is 14th April next year and if we could book Crystal and her donkeys again that would be great!

Thanks again

James Sharp
St Luke's Church
Bournemouth BH3 7LR

WEST MENDIP COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Dear Kelly

Thank you very much for organising this! Staff and patients were delighted with Charlie’s visit and Chrystal was amazing, considering her long drive and getting donkey into and around two hospitals in one afternoon!!

Thanks again

Robin Pfaff
Somerset Partnership

LEICESTER

Thank you so much for bringing the donkeys again today, the children really enjoyed having rides and seeing them.

I'm hoping we can book you again for next year. Saturday 13th April 2019!!

Many thanks

Marianne
Braunstone Baptist Church
Leicester

UPTON COUNTRY PARK POOLE


Just wanted to drop you an email to say thank you to yourself, Finn and Joseph for your visit last week. The donkeys were a great hit here and we hope to work with you again in the future.

Kind Regards


Chloe Harper
Upton Country Park, Poole, Dorset BH17 7BJ

LONDON - PALM SUNDAY


Thank you for another year of great service and for Pedro, the perfect Palm Sunday donkey.

See you next year.


St Michael’s Church & St Andrew's Church
London SW9

HOVE - PALM SUNDAY


Would you be able to pass on our thanks to Christian and Caleb, and Charlie?

They were all brilliant and we loved having them. Thanks so much.

All the best
Jo
St Andrew Old Church

GLASTONBURY


Thank you very much for organising this!

Staff and patients were delighted with Charlie’s visit and Chrystal was amazing, considering her long drive and getting donkey into and around two hospitals in one afternoon!!

Thanks again
Robin
West Mendip Community Hospital