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New Shelter for Old Donkeys

The Heartland's older donkeys are enjoying a bright new shelter which offers protection from cold and the elements this winter.

The shelter is called Billie's Barn and was constructed thanks to a donation from Billie Mayson-Kinder's family charity called Fly High Billie Foundation, and other generous donations.

Sadly, Billie, a champion show jumper and horse rider, was only 12 years old when she died in an accident while leading her pony in 2016.

While she was not there to see the grand opening of Billie's Barn on April 9, Billie's devoted family, including mother Danny, father David and grandparents who travelled from the United Kingdom, were in attendance.

A crowd of invited guests, DWWH volunteers, supporters and our rescue donkeys, celebrated Billie's love of donkeys and all animals at the event on a glorious autumn morning.

Maitland City Pipes and Drums Band led a stirring parade while volunteers and their donkey companions proudly marched behind.

Pastor Jane Hillyard spoke with love and kindness to DWWH guests and all felt uplifted by her generousity of spirit when she dedicated and opened Billie's Barn, adorned with Billie's favourite rainbow symbol.

Maitland City Pipes and Drums Band closed official duties with a rendition of Amazing Grace, bringing all to tears, while the music echoed across the rural lands of the Morpeth area, sending a message of hope and love to all.