Miniature donkeys bring giant smiles to Norwich Community Hospital

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Patients and staff at Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCHC) were joined by some unusual guests on Thursday morning.

Miniature donkeys, Pixie and Bo Peep, visited the Norwich Community Hospital, on Bowthorpe Road to meet patients from Beech and Alder Ward as part of a wellbeing activity, provided by Minidonks.

Minidonks is a non-profit organisation operating in Norfolk and Suffolk, who visit nursing homes, dementia groups and more to help lift peoples’ moods. Research shows that stroking and being with donkeys can relieve stress, improve mood and boost wellbeing.

The crowd gathered on the lawn outside Woodlands House with tea and biscuits, all eager to stroke and have a picture with the donkeys.

Samuel Scott, Volunteer Co-ordinator at NCHC, said: “Today has been a wonderful experience and has been great to see the patients up and about, and beaming.

“One patient shocked us all by walking from the ward [around 100 metres]. They definitely wouldn’t have done that if it hadn’t been for the donkeys.

“This visit wouldn’t have been possible without the support of an excellent group of volunteers, who helped to facilitate the whole event.”

If you’re interested in volunteering with NCHC, visit

To find out more about miniature donkeys for wellbeing, visit

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