Free craft workshops to help The Donkey Sanctuary

We’re always on the look out for worthy causes we can utilise our craft skills for, and the Donkey Sanctuary have got our attention by hosting 'Knit and Natter' sessions at the charity's headquarters.

Donkey friends cr  The Donkey Sanctuary

The Devon-based charity works to help donkeys across the world, prevent cruelty and neglect as well as providing new homes for ill-treated donkeys in 29 countries worldwide.

Knitted donkeys cr The Donkey SanctuaryA while back we let you know they were seeking knitted donkeys to sell in their The Donkey Sanctuary online shop and at the visitor centre in Devon, along with crocheted donkey-themed wares, such as the cute key ring pictured below.

The Donkey Sanctuary is happy to provide free patterns for these quirky donkey-themed projects, and now they’re holding two special 'Knit and Natter' to make it even easier to get involved.

Taking place at The Donkey Sanctuary Visitors' Centre in Sidmouth on Wednesday 18 July and Wednesday 19 September between 1-2:30pm, the events are aimed all levels of knitter and crocheters.

“The sessions are ideal for knitting novices and enthusiasts alike,” explains Marian Gumbrell, The Donkey Sanctuary's Community Fundraising Manager. “These gatherings are the perfect opportunity for beginners to pick up the basics and more advanced knitters to tackle new and more complicated projects, all whilst having a good natter and finding out about the charity's global work.”

Crochet donkey key ring cr the Donkey Sanctuary

No charge will be made for these sessions, although donations are gratefully received to help fund the charity's work helping donkeys across the globe. 

For further event details, activity prices and booking, please call 01395 573156 or visit The Donkey Sanctuary wesite.

To get hold of the free patterns, simply contact Marian or Ruth on 01395 578222 or email Volunteer Fundraising on and they will send you a free pattern booklet with full instructions for crocheting a whole herd of donkey-themed items.