Dr Elisabeth Svendsen MBE


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.

http://drupal.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/node/4166

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About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette" as it details the concerns of country people and quietly shows how evil enters our lives through mundane and petty matters. Now retired, I have lost the need to fight past battles and recognize that my various contributions to life - both ecclesiastical and secular - have been enjoyable, sometimes flawed, occasionally disastrous; but mostly times worth celebrating.
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