Sad farewell to Porridge the Donkey

Porridge the Deeside Donkey
Porridge the Deeside Donkey

A lovable donkey who spent his life in the public eye in Deeside supporting community and charity events has died at 38.

Porridge passed away on July 20 in his meadow at the Milligan family home in Kincardine O’Neil - 30 years to the day after arriving.

Diana Milligan, his chief minder, said: “Simply put, Porridge was a remarkable donkey who led an exemplary life filled to brimming with community service, charitable deeds and fun.

“A consummate performer, he was a distinguished character with a sweet nature and determined not stubborn, who made numerous friends wherever he went.”

Bred by Fiona Whittaker at the Glenfarg stud in Perthshire, Porridge was born on June 27, 1978.

Eight years later he arrived in Kincardine O’Neil to spend his life taking part in family life, pony club games, endurance rides, treasure hunts and British Driving Society events.

Diana explained: “Porridge had a different mindset to the family ponies, in that you needed to negotiate with him rather than issue commands.

“He was very intelligent and seemed to instinctively understand whatever it was you were trying to teach him. He took to the harness and liked a mug of tea, we built up a very close bond over the years.

“He had a universal appeal as he always appeared to be doing his very best to please. This in turn meant that everyone who met him fell under his spell.”

Porridge raised nearly £150,000 for international animal welfare charity The Brooke.

Diana said: “Even in his later years he was such an enormous character, he would canter behind the pony on rides right up until two weeks ago, then he would potter round doing his own thing but would always be waiting for us at the gate.”

If you want to make a donation in Porridge’s memory, visit his Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Porridge-Anthony-Nolan or www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Porridge-Brooke