YOUNGSTERS got up close and personal with some furry friends as part of a special visit.

Children from the Wokingham branch of the Dingley Family and Specialist Early Years Centres were treated to a visit from farmyard animals on Friday, June 20.

The charity, based at All Saints Primary School, in Norreys Avenue, works with children with additional needs and disabilities.

The menagerie from Millers Ark Farm – which included two donkeys, a sheep and her lamb, goats, guinea pigs, geese, chickens and a pig – was organised after a grant from three rotary clubs, Wokingham, Easthampsted and Ascot.

They donated an undisclosed sum, and some of the rotarians joined the children on the day.

Arti Divatia, Wokingham centre manager, said: “It was lovely to have some of the Rotarians from Wokingham, Easthampstead and Ascot join us on the day to see the animals and talk to our families.

“The animals were so friendly and coped very well in the hot weather – we don’t blame the pig for taking an afternoon nap!

“Luckily for us, though, an ice-cream van had been organised, meaning our children could enjoy a refreshing ice cream.”