Donkey Service with the Hop, Skip and Jump Foundation

On Wednesday 12th March the sanctuary was honoured to be invited to take part in a very special event organised by the Hop Skip and Jump Foundation, a charity that provides day and evening respite care, 7 days a week, to children and adults with life limiting illnesses, disabilities and special needs. www.hopskipandjump.org.uk

Gloucester Cathedral - nearly 1,000 years old!
Gloucester Cathedral – nearly 1,000 years old!

Not content with a small scale event, Gloucester Cathedral was the amazing venue when donkeys and children from local special schools came together to depict the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of the humble donkey. Several of the children attending the event played the parts of Jesus, Mary & Joseph and shepherds.

John McLaren and Linda Chilton took two of our donkeys, Jack and Chocolate and as you can see, looked very much the part in their costumes.

Linda making sure the donkeys are looking their best
Linda making sure the donkeys are looking their best
All dressed up and ready to go
All dressed up and ready to go
(l-r) Jack, Linda Chilton, The Reverend Celia Carter MBE, Chocolate and John McLaren
(l-r) Jack, Linda Chilton, The Reverend Celia Carter MBE, Chocolate and John McLaren

The Service was conducted by The Reverend Celia Carter MBE, founder trustee of Hop Skip and Jump and Canon Andrew Bowden.

John McLaren talks with Canon Andrew Bowden
John McLaren talks with Canon Andrew Bowden

While the children and the donkeys played their parts, hymns were sung and the congregation was accompanied by the Cotswold Male Voice Choir.

Glous 012It was a wonderful morning meeting some amazing children and the dedicated people from Hop, Skip and Jump.