The Passion Behind the Business
Mike founded Mike's Donkeys in 2002. He had worked in a quarry, teaching people how to drive the heavy machinery but felt a change of career would be for the best after he fell ill. He saw Bella for sale at a market, fell in love with her and brought her home. When she was old enough, he decided to change his direction in life and start doing donkey rides. Mike then found Josh and Charlie in really poor condition, rehabilitated them and added them to the team. Mike's Donkeys started off on a beach in South Wales, before becoming the UK-wide business it is today.
Rhys is Mike's eldest son and is the reason Mike purchased his first ever donkey Bella, 20 years ago. Bella is now a retired donkey, and Rhys loves to work closely with her son, Morris. He is a full-time electrician but travels all over the UK on the weekends working with the donkeys. He also looks after the donkeys when Mike is away during the week.
Admin & Bookings
Sadie is Mike's daughter in law and is responsible for all bookings and enquiries. She has always loved animals and took the opportunity with open arms to work with our lovely donkeys. Sadie is also in charge of the Mike's Donkeys social media alongside working full-time. Although semi-retired, Sadie’s favourite donkey is Toby.
Liz bought donkeys from Mike years ago and now allows us to use her base in Peterborough for some of our workers when we’re in the area. Liz covers the Peterborough/Cambridge/Newmarket areas for us. She is a full-time primary school teacher and has her own donkeys, ponies, sheep and dog so her life is very full-on but she has an enormous amount of patience and does a great job when she works for us in the holidays and at weekends.
Andrew Jenkins is in charge of the business' accounts. He also helps out with taking care of the donkeys at home when Mike is on the road. He likes to be paid in pies, cigars and whiskey and takes his health very seriously!
Philip has been Mike's vet for years and has done everything from castrations to stitching wounds, teeth to foaling. There isn't a lot Philip hasn't seen and he's always at the end of the phone if we're worried about a donkey.