Bring Your Dog to Work Day at Princess Alice Hospice is always a paw-fect way for all furry friend lovers to spend a day as part of the Hospice’s Wellbeing Programme because research shows that for some, the act of stroking a pet can reduce blood pressure, stress and significantly boost mood.
Last year, the Hospice combined the day with a canine festive jumper competition which was judged by one of the Hospice’s patients, Margaret, who is currently being cared for in the In-Patient Unit. Margaret was thoroughly wrapped up against the chilly morning but was thrilled to be asked to judge and meet the excitable entrants, who eagerly lined up to be introduced.
It was a very tough decision for Margaret, who thought all of the contenders were winners, but after some careful deliberation, the prize – Dog Deli Premium Dog Treats – was awarded to Iona (pictured in Santa suit and leggings), an 18-month-old Cavapoo.
Iona is looked after from time to time by Partnerships Fundraiser, Rianna Davies, based with the Community & Events team. Iona had a paw-some time and was excited to receive her treats and get home to tell her owner about the adventure. Bone-appetite!
Clinical Support Worker, Anna Kim, said: ‘It was fantastic to see so many beautiful dogs in the building. We wanted Margaret to judge the competition as we know how much she loves dogs and was missing her own dog back at home. It meant so much to her, thank you to everyone’.
Princess Alice Hospice: For Compassion. For Excellence. For People. For Living.
Princess Alice Hospice has, for more than 35 years, provided free, high-quality, specialist end of life care to tens of thousands of people across a large part of Surrey, south west London and Middlesex.
Today, at any one time, Hospice nurses, doctors and other specialist staff are looking after more than 1000 people in need.
The Hospice’s mission is to reach out to even more people by delivering outstanding care to those that need it. To enable us to do this, we must rely on the commitment and support of our communities who help us to raise vital funds.
£10 million is needed each year to provide our vital services. With limited NHS funding provided by CCGs, which represents circa 24% of our expenditure on charitable activities, in more normal times, the balance is raised through legacies, fundraising, dedicated shop units and investments.
It is only the generous support of our communities and beyond, that makes it possible to do our work.