A little seasonal cheers as donkey captures hearts at Dorset care home

Rita Woodhouse, a resident who used to own a donkey, meets Jasmine.

A RETIRED beach donkey captured hearts when she paid a seasonal visit to a North Dorset care home.

Jasmine was a firm favourite on Weymouth beach for many years and even met The Queen when the monarch visited the resort in 2009.

Now aged 38, Jasmine proved a huge hit when she toured Colten Care’s Newstone House in Sturminster Newton.

She was introduced to residents in the home’s main lounge and also visited individual rooms.

Among the people she met was Rita Woodhouse, 98, who used to own a donkey and described Jasmine as “gorgeous,”

Imogen Deacon, Activities Organiser, said: “This was Jasmine’s second visit to Newstone House. It’s

Geoffrey Anderson, a resident meets Jasmine.


one of our most popular activities.

“Her background as a beach donkey means she loves people and is very sociable. The residents love meeting her.”

Jasmine is owned by West Hill Donkeys which operates the famous Weymouth beach donkeys.

Custodian Melanie Rush said: “She’s our most senior donkey and something of a grand old lady with a lovely temperament.

“Jasmine is used to being at the centre of attention and enjoys company so is perfect for visiting care homes. It’s lovely to see the pleasure she brings, particularly if the residents used to own animals.”

Rosemary Wray, a resident at Colten Care’s Newstone House in Sturminster Newton, welcomes former beach donkey Jasmine.


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