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PAT Dog Holly brings comfort and joy

Every single day PAT Volunteers are making people’s lives better. A visit by a PAT Team can bring a smile to the face of someone with dementia in a care home, a big bright smile that perhaps no one has seen in a long while. A PAT Team can also give a school child the motivation to open up the pages of a book, and then become more confident with their reading. Every PAT Volunteer cherishes these special moments – it's why we do what we do.

One heart-warming email we received recently was simply signed Charlie (Room 13). A hospital patient, she wanted to share a photo and tell us about her love for a PAT Dog called Holly, owned by volunteer Barry Lea.

“This is beautiful Holly working her healing and calming doggy magic. She really has changed my life. I can’t thank you enough. I love and appreciate every second with Holly. She makes this tough time easier. You are the best medicine.”

Barry also got in touch to share a fantastic photo of Holly at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. He says: "Holly has found a new cuddly toy among the Christmas decorations. She hasn't managed to carry it around yet, but she's working on it!"

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