Easter Gifts For Duckyls Farm Horses

While the residents have plans for an Easter Egg hunt their horses received bunches of carrots as Easter treats.

Duckyls Farm, a care home for adults with learning disabilities, run by the Diagrama Foundation is ensuring everyone at the Farm is part of the Easter celebrations this year.

The residents of Duckyls Farm in West Sussex were delighted to share bunches of carrots with nutritious green leafy tops as Easter treats for Ace and Alfie, the horses that live on the 100 acre Farm. Ace and Alfie, who moved to Duckyls Farm with Keri Strugnell the Care Farm and Community Manager earlier this year, have become an instant hit with the residents.

Keri Strugnell, Care Farm and Community Manager Duckyls Farm said, “While we were planning Duckyl’s annual  Easter Egg hunt the residents asked what Ace and Alfie might like for Easter and we decided that bunches of carrots were the perfect Easter treat. Due to their respective health issues, carrots are very much an occasional offering and Easter seemed the perfect time for them to enjoy a treat.”


Alfie’s breeding is unknown, but his colouring is quite rare and known as Cremello. He’s approximately 25 years old and about 13.2 hands high. Ace is a 15 year old New Forest x Thoroughbred and is about 15 hands high. As Ace and Alfie only moved to the Farm recently there are still some things that the charity would like to buy for the horses to make this the perfect home for them. The care provider has an Amazon Wishlist from which supporters can choose to purchase items for the horses, including a spare headcollar each or a new electric fence energiser and leisure battery, or alternatively choose to buy items to enrich the lives of the adults.

David McGuire, Chief Executive, Diagrama Foundation said, “Duckyls Farm joined the Diagrama Foundation portfolio of Care Homes in February 2023. The Farm allows us to explore the physical, mental and social benefits that working with animals and in nature can offer to people with a learning disability. The interactions between the residents and the horses and goats that they share the land with is very special to see and really fits with our ethos of allowing the people in our care to live their best lives.”

To support the not-for-profit care home you can see their Wishlist online at https://linktr.ee/diagramaamazonwishlist or to read more about activities at Duckyls visit www.facebook.com/duckylsfarmsussex

About Diagrama Foundation

Diagrama Foundation is a Kent based charity that supports vulnerable children, young people, and adults to live their best life.

Diagrama has a Supported Living Service across Bromley, three homes for adults with learning disabilities in Orpington, an eight-bed care home for adults with learning disabilities in West Sussex a fifty-bed care home for the elderly with nursing and dementia needs in Essex, and a fostering and adoption service in the southeast.

  • The Supported Living Service, cares for 35 adults with learning disabilities, in nine homes across Bromley helping them to develop skills and confidence to live in their own house either on their own or with others.
  • At Cabrini House in Orpington the charity promotes the development of core skills for 23 adults with learning disabilities so that they can lead independent lives integrated within their community.
  • Duckyls Farm in West Sussex, a care home for eight residents with learning disabilities, allows the charity to explore the physical, mental and social benefits that working with animals and in nature can offer to people with a learning disability.
  • The team at their nursing and dementia care home, Edensor Care Centre in Clacton on Sea, support vulnerable residents to live life to the full.
  • Diagrama’s adoption and fostering service cares for children in South London, Kent, Sussex, and Surrey.

Many vulnerable children and adults don’t get the support they need to develop their true potential, but the Diagrama team know that when someone has time and belief invested in  them, they come alive, because that investment has made them feel valued and worthy.


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