Donkey Derby & Fundraising

The Donkey Derby will be back in 2019 for the 24th year on Saturday 18th May.

The 23rd Donkey Derby, held on 12 May 2018, was another great success for the group.  Over 3000 people braved the typical early summer weather to enjoy a great afternoon of Donkey racing.  As usual the thrills and spills were all there, with the showers adding to the uncertainty of the results.  Photos of the event can be found on the Daily Echo Website


Our thanks go to everyone who helped out, before, during or after the event and to those companies and individuals who sponsored races or individual donkeys.  A special word of thanks to our main sponsor – Royston Group of Lyndhurst.  If you would like to get involved for the 2019 event please Get In Touch.

Brief History

Eling Sea Scouts’ Donkey Derby has been a favourite of local residents for over 20 years.  The Group had been raising small amounts of money to fund equipment and Scouting activities, but it was realised that a new HQ would be required and we needed a substantial amount of money to finance it. Held  on a Saturday in May on Eling Recreation Ground off the A35 near Rushington Roundabout, the family event is the culmination of a year’s hard work by a small band of fundraisers.  The main attraction is obviously the Donkey Racing; visitors can even have a flutter using a tote system, and there are plenty of slide shows, catering and activities for the family to enjoy.

Other fundraising

You can now donate money to the group from the comfort of your own computer chair.  Simply click here and then search for us using our Charity Number 302268 and follow the online instructions.  Secure online payment method courtesy of Co-operative Bank.

You can also help raise funds for the Group AT NO COST TO YOURSELF!!  When shopping on line, first log into Click “register as a user” and enter “4th New Forest North Sea Scouts”  You can then access the on-line shop you want, as normal, and a percentage of your purchases will be credited to the Group.  Over £2000 has been raised for the Group in this way.

If you have any used inkjet cartridges these can be recycled and will raise funds for the Group at the same time.  Click here to find out how.

If you shop at the Coop you can also help raise funds for us by registering your Coop membership card against the Group – over £600 raised so far this way.




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