Miniature ponies visit Berwick care home residents to celebrate National Pet Day

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Residents at Hillside Lodge Care Home in Berwick were delighted to spend the morning with two miniature Shetland ponies to celebrate National Pet Day on April 11.

Elaine and John Sangster, from Therapy Ponies Scotland, brought Flicker and Wilson in to meet the residents at the care home, who had a wonderful time stroking and cuddling them.

The ponies, who are only two-feet tall, visited residents who had gathered in the lounge as well as taking the lift up to the first floor to see those in their bedrooms. Flicker and Wilson wore little shoes to keep the carpets clean and special ‘whoopsie bags’ to catch any accidents while inside the home.

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Resident, Janet Gray, said: “It was absolutely wonderful to meet the ponies, it really made my day. I nearly burst into tears of happiness!”

Hillside Lodge resident Lindy stroking Wilson the pony.Hillside Lodge resident Lindy stroking Wilson the pony.
Hillside Lodge resident Lindy stroking Wilson the pony.

Care assistant Shelley Dixon added: “Everybody absolutely loved Flicker and Wilson and seeing the delight and astonishment on our residents’ faces when they arrived was priceless.”

The care home’s Magic Moments Coordinator, Rachael Howlett, explained: “We often arrange for animals to visit our residents at Hillside Lodge, many of whom used to have their own pets.

“Spending time with animals has many benefits, particularly for older people, and contributes hugely to their emotional well-being.

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“Everyone has been talking about the visit for days now and asking when Flicker and Wilson will visit again, so hopefully we’ll see them again very soon.”

Hillside Lodge Care Home is located in Braeside, Tweedmouth, and provides residential, nursing, intermediate, respite and palliative care. The home is rated ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission.

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