Special animal visit to Beckton children’s hospice

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Children and young adults in the residential area at Richard House had a treat this week as some very furry (and some not so furry) visitors dropped in to the Beckton hospice to say ‘hello’.

The animals were brought in by Alamanda Therapy Animals, from Essex, with a variety of creatures including one of their miniature horses, Applause stopping by. Pickles, a miniature dachshund, was also present along with a rabbit and skinny pig. The youngsters got to hold and pet the animals as well as walk Applause in the play area outside.

Therapy animals are a great way to stimulate children and young adults at the hospice, with joy and excitement as Applause came into view, Pickles gave them kisses, and the rabbit simply sat in their laps.

Smiya Ahmed, Play Specialist at Richard House said: “We’re so thankful for the Alamanda Therapy Animals for coming to see us. It was such a great opportunity for the children and young adults to be able to experience these animals because they just respond so beautifully to them.”

Alamanda Therapy Animals is a small charity with a passion for animals that makes trips to special needs schools, hospices, charity events and even family visits. To find out more about them, please visit their website at www.alamanda.co.uk

To find out more about Richard House, please visit: www.richardhouse.org.uk

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