I have just caught up with the news that the founder of the Donkey Sanctuary, and its sister charity the Elisabeth Svendsen Trust for Children and Donkeys, Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE, died earlier this month on 11th May.
Dr Svendsen founded the charity in 1969 out of her deep love and compassion for abused, neglected and abandoned donkeys everywhere, after finding seven donkeys in a terribly poor state crammed in a small pen at Exeter market. She tried to buy the donkey in the worst condition, without success, and from that moment on, decided that she would dedicate her life to saving donkeys in distress.
Dr Svendsen’s extraordinary dedication in the competitive world of charity organisations made the Donkey Sanctuary one of the best supported charities in the UK. The outreach of the charity into the third world is impressive and very inspirational.
What an amazing woman.