Donkey proves a hit with residents

Dotty the donkey delights residents including Audrey Graham, at St Bernadettes Nursing Home on Trinty Road, and the youngsters of next door Jitterbugs Nursery, when she came to visit on Friday with owner Ann Rogers. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121073d
Dotty the donkey delights residents including Audrey Graham, at St Bernadettes Nursing Home on Trinty Road, and the youngsters of next door Jitterbugs Nursery, when she came to visit on Friday with owner Ann Rogers. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121073d

THERE was a special visitor who proved very popular with residents at a Scarborough rest home.

Dotty the donkey was well patted and well fed, with carrots and gingernut biscuits, when she visited St Bernardette’s Nursing Home in Trinity Road.

Keanan Rowntree, left, and Thomas Munday, both 4, meet Dotty the donkey when she visited the residents at St Bernadettes Nursing Home on Trinty Road, and the youngsters of next door Jitterbugs Nursery, on Friday with owner Ann Rogers. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121073g 09/03/12

Keanan Rowntree, left, and Thomas Munday, both 4, meet Dotty the donkey when she visited the residents at St Bernadettes Nursing Home on Trinty Road, and the youngsters of next door Jitterbugs Nursery, on Friday with owner Ann Rogers. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121073g 09/03/12

Ingrid Train, the home’s manager, said Dotty was well behaved and hoped that she would soon be able to make a return visit.

She added: “We were looking for different things for our social activities for the residents. We have really found that animals get a good response.”

Ingrid said that even those who were not too aware of what was happening around them realised something was happening. She said: “Some of the ones that knew she was coming were really excited.” She added that the visit had proved relaxing for the residents and it had brought back memories for them. “A lot of them worked out in the countryside and there were memories of their childhood.

“She didn’t make a mess and she was perfectly well behaved. The residents are still talking about it this morning.”

Dotty the donkey delights residents Dorothy Ruff, left, and Margaret Andrews, at St Bernadettes Nursing Home on Trinty Road, and the youngsters of next door Jitterbugs Nursery, when she came to visit on Friday with owner Ann Rogers. Looking on behind is resident Audrey Graham and care assistant Pauline Austin. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121073a 09/03/12

Dotty the donkey delights residents Dorothy Ruff, left, and Margaret Andrews, at St Bernadettes Nursing Home on Trinty Road, and the youngsters of next door Jitterbugs Nursery, when she came to visit on Friday with owner Ann Rogers. Looking on behind is resident Audrey Graham and care assistant Pauline Austin. Picture by Andrew Higgins 121073a 09/03/12