Donkey treat for dementia patient

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Brenda Pierce (centre left) visiting East Clayton Farm
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Brenda Pierce visiting East Clayton Farm

A 71-year-old woman was given the opportunity to visit her favourite animals when she was treated to a donkey walk.

Care UK's Mill View home in East Grinstead, West Sussex, took Brenda Pearce, who lives with dementia, on a trip to East Clayton Farm.

She had wished to see some donkeys on the home's "wishing tree".

Ms Pearce, a life-long animal lover, kept a pair of donkeys, called Belinda and Pickles, for more than 10 years.

She also donated funds to her local sanctuary for decades, and took part in donkey gymkhanas.

Miriam Markham, lifestyle co-ordinator at Mill View, said: "It was incredible to see Brenda's face light up when she first walked into the farm and spotted the donkeys.

"It really showed how beneficial animal therapy can be for older people, especially those living with dementia, by encouraging reminiscence."

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