NHS Trust volunteers hold
Cathedral ceremony in thanks of therapy dogs
2 volunteers from Wirral based mental
CWP took time to paws for thought by hosting an event in
celebration of local therapy dogs.
Clare Grimshaw and Pete Fleming, who together with a group of passionate pooch
lovers started the charity Therapy Dogs Nationwide, often visit Cheshire and
Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust's (CWP) Wirral mental health unit
Springview with their dogs to bring friendship and companionship to service
The ceremony took place at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and was attended by 34
dogs and their owners from around the region; all of whom are accredited by the
charity and volunteer their time to visit people in hospitals and care homes.
The service was led by the Cathedral's Vice Dean Miles Davies, who also blessed
each dog individually in recognition of their selfless devotion to supporting
some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. CWP Volunteer Clare Grimshaw said:-
"It was amazing that so many of us had the opportunity to give thanks to our
therapy dogs. Wherever we go they provide so much joy to people. If we could all
see the world through the eyes of a therapy dog it would be a much happier
place. Thank you to Liverpool Anglican Cathedral for being so welcoming and to
everyone who was able to join us on the day."
Research shows that introducing a companion animal to a care environment can
result in a rise in patient health and wellbeing, with the presence of a cat or
dog often helping service users feeling more comfortable, more communicative and
motivated to engage with those around them.
Lorraine Van Sluis, CWP Voluntary Services Lead, said:- "Volunteers such
as Clare and Pete (and of course their wonderful dogs) are such an invaluable
asset for the Trust. By giving their time, energy, skills and experience, they
enhance the care that we deliver and add value to the experiences of our service
users and carers. I am very proud of all our volunteers and can't thank them