Local donkeys are braying with delight after visit from SEPD

Residents at the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary near Wallingford were braying with delight after a visit from Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD).

The team of eleven, from SEPD’s Major Projects team, spent the day mucking out the stables, painting the newly constructed equine hospital and even learned the art of grooming, the latter bringing out some satisfied whinnying from the donkeys as the summer sun beat down on the Oxfordshire countryside.

All of this was possible thanks to SEPD’s 'Be The Difference' scheme, which gives every member of staff a day away from their day-job to help a local charity or good cause.

The visit to Island Farm was the brainchild of SEPD’s Zsuzsa Suto-Somogyvari, who was keen to use her Be The Difference day to help a local animal charity, and was delighted when her colleagues also wanted to lend a hand.

Zsuzsa said: “I love animals and really wanted to help a local charity or rescue centre as part of our Be The Difference campaign. I did a bit of research and found the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, and was so impressed with their efforts to look after donkeys that have had a hard life or who had perhaps been mistreated. Everyone in the team has really enjoyed their day at the sanctuary, and it was very satisfying to see the donkeys happy and contented after we had groomed their coats.”

Stuart McLaren from the Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary, said: “We were delighted to hear from Southern Electric Power Distribution asking if we could use some extra pairs of hands. Volunteers are essential to the running of the sanctuary and the excellent work done by the group from SSPD is very much appreciated.”

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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks

We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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