Miniature ponies visit care home

Resident - Winnie Gibbon and SCA ' Gillian Cullen

Resident - Winnie Gibbon and SCA ' Gillian Cullen

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CARE home staff didn’t rein in the fun when they arranged a special visit.

Residents at Abbotts Court Care Home, in Wheatley Hill, enjoyed meeting two young miniature ponies.

Hilda Jackson

Hilda Jackson

K&L Pony Therapy, a Durham-based group which takes animals to care homes, schools and hospitals as a form of therapy, took ponies Wish and Mr P to the home.

Residents, relatives and staff enjoyed patting and learning about the two Shetland ponies.

Pet therapy helps residents interact and share new experiences.

Lee Dale, acting home manager for Abbotts Court, said: “I believe you are never too old to enjoy petting a lovely pony.

“Our residents experienced the wonderful therapeutic effect that stroking an animal can have on the elderly. Pony Therapy’s visit brightened up everybody’s day and I think residents will be talking about it for weeks to come.”

Liz Whyte, regional managing director for home owner HC-One, said: “Innovative and fun activities like this one are part of HC-One’s journey to become the kindest care home provider in the UK, with the kindest and most professional staff.

“It is heart-warming to see residents having so much fun at the home.”