As some of you may or may not be aware, a couple of months ago I launched my own design led giftware range. The increase in demand for more readily available quality products by my clients, lead me to doing lots of research 'a year's worth's fact coupled with business management courses and self improvement courses.
Anyhow, in short, I launched my range of aprons to start, with more products to follow in January. I don't think I was prepared for how well the aprons were received, so a massive thank you to everyone who bought one or more. The feedback has been fantastic!
And, as planned from the very inception of launching my gift and homeware products, a portion of my sale profit benefits the animals who are ultimately my inspiration.
On each handwritten individual label I stated that I would contribute to The Donkey Sanctuary of Ireland.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to Lorcan, he was the first donkey I adopted, he captured my heart straight away, it's not hard to see why. Lorcan was signed over to the Donkey Sanctuary in 1995, he was only a year old, very thin and his ears were flopped over the front of his head. Their investigators discovered that Lorcan had been chased by youths into a barbed wire fence and had nearly ripped both of them off. Lorcan is a fellow Galwegian.
The successful sale of aprons led to me being able to add two more adoptees to my care, with great difficulty I selected Mary and Nollaig leading up to Christmas their names caught my eye and of course their stories pulled my heartstrings.
Shortly after Mary was born her mother died, she was just three weeks old, the Sanctuary veterinary team took her into their care and one of the team bottle fed her around the clock until she could feed from a bucket. Her best friend is Roma another rescue donkey.
Nollaig another very special donkey, in December 2012, The Donkey Sanctuary responded to a query from a concerned member of the public about a neglected donkey in Cork. On investigation, their team found a male donkey in a very wet field with no access to shelter or adequate feeding. His hooves were so badly overgrown that he could barely walk and movement was very painful. As a result of being left out in the elements, Nollaig was suffering from a painful skin condition called rain scald. They took him into care and began intensive treatment. As it was almost Christmas, they named him Nollaig Irish for Christmas.
I had been looking to see which donkey would benefit next and had my eye on Richie and Roma. I went back and forth on numerous occasions to choose one, when a large order of aprons sold over the coming days I was able to adopt both donkeys. Increasing my number of adoptees to five.
Richie's story, orphaned when he was ten days old after his mother died from blood poisoning. His owners were desperate for our help. Sanctuary staff made an urgent journey in the snow to rescue him and bring him back to the sanctuary where he required round the clock care. Despite his hard start to life he has grown into a handsome and well loved donkey.
Roma another Galwegian donkey, I couldn't resist. Roma's story, as a young foal she went into Sanctuary care after a dramatic rescue. One of the welfare advisers discovered Roma stuck in a water filled hollow in a bog, she was treated for shock and hypothermia before she was carefully moved to the care of the sanctuary.'