A DONKEY sanctuary will have a starring role in Channel 5’s popular television programme The Yorkshire Vet this week.

The Donkey Sanctuary near Eccup will feature in the show at 8pm on Tuesday, April 7.

In this week's episode veterinarian Peter Wright, organises a special leaving present for Skeldale practice receptionist, Sylvia Binks.

For donkey lover Sylvia, it was the perfect surprise, where she was able to enjoy a day caring for the donkeys at the centre, Her day included feeding and grooming some of the 21 resident donkeys, as well as taking a pair on a walk through the countryside surrounding the sanctuary.

Sylvia was also able to hear about the charity’s donkey-assisted therapy work that the centre delivers. The work supports vulnerable young people and adults throughout the community.

Centre manager Cathryn Hampshire said: "We were delighted that Peter and all at the practice chose to arrange a surprise trip to the sanctuary for Sylvia.

"What could be more perfect for this lovely lady and animal lover, than spending time with our donkeys and Peter here at The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds."

Peter is no stranger to the Leeds sanctuary, having visited the centre on many occasions. In 2019 he took on the role as ambassador for The Donkey Sanctuary, promoting the work of the animal welfare charity here in the UK, and across the world.

The award-winning Channel 5 television show, The Yorkshire Vet, follows the lives and work of Peter and fellow veterinarian Julian Norton at their two practices in North Yorkshire, with Peter being based at Skeldale Veterinary Centre in Thirsk.