My first experience of Pets as Therapy was when a volunteer and their therapy dog visited a local stroke group that I was managing. A few years later and my grandmother told me about the wonderful dog that visited her when she was in a hospice. Both dogs brought a big smile to the faces at the establishments they visited, and it’s a real privilege to now be a volunteer and part of a team that hopes to continue bringing smiles to many more people for years to come.
Having followed the work of the charity for many years, I am honoured to have been invited to the Board in December 2019 and asked to Chair the Fundraising, Marketing and Communications subcommittee. It’s a role I thoroughly enjoy, as I am able to bring my experience of working in the charity sector, specifically in fundraising, and my academic knowledge of communications that I gained when studying for an MSc in Science Communication at the University of Sheffield.
In my spare time I enjoy watching rugby and going on long walks with my wife and rescue dog, Freddie. Both rescue dogs I have adopted have been nearing retirement and those who have an older dog will know that it’s an absolute joy to live with a ‘golden oldie’.