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19th November 2015

Ellie Litchfield and her dog, Fudge who volunteer with the Pets Are Therapy charity have become regular visitors at Wentworth Court every Tuesday.

Ellie said: “I’ve always been an animal-lover and I worked as a nurse for many years and saw the benefits of pets visiting hospital patients over the years, it really brightens people up.

“I like seeing people’s faces when we walk in, it’s very rewarding. Fudge is very calm and gentle and likes people, she’s a lovely dog.”

Ellie, from Bredon has been volunteering with the charity for around eight months. Before meeting residents, Fudge was assessed for her temperament and her ability to be handled by strangers.

Activities coordinator, Suzanne Meadows said: “People living with dementia can often respond very positively to a visit from a dog, especially if they’re animal-lovers and have had dogs as pets. It can bring back positive memories and can also reduce stress.”

More information about the charity can be found at http://www.petsastherapy.org/

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