Announcement concerning the passing of our friend and colleague: Dinah Baynton-Dibley.

We are very sad to announce that Dinah Baynton-Dibley, who worked at Pets As Therapy as Placement Officer, died on 1 November 2018.


Dinah loved dogs and was passionate about her work at Pets As Therapy, and over the years she was instrumental in developing the Read2Dogs scheme. More than 1,000 schools now participate and children across the country benefit every day as a result.

Everyone at Pets As Therapy and many PAT Volunteers will greatly miss Dinah. Our thoughts and sympathy are with her partner Mark and all her family.

Dinah’s family have requested we make the following statement: If you wish to, and Instead of sending flowers, we ask that you make a donation to Pets As Therapy; to further the cause and work she cared so much about. Please use the following link to donate via the bespoke JustGiving campaign setup in Dinah’s honour:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/in-memory-of-dinah


 

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Sue Portman-smith Sue Portman-smith from Herne Bay wrote on January 13, 2019 at 5:36 pm:
So sad to hear of Dinahs passing. Didn't know you for very long but the conversations I did have with you, you were always happy to be of assistance and help with any queries I had, with a cheerful and happy way. You will be greatly missed!
Katie Scarlett Katie Scarlett from Margate, Kent wrote on December 9, 2018 at 4:12 pm:
I'm so terribly sorry to hear of the sad loss of Dinah. She was the first person I ever spoke to in connection with Pets as Therapy and it was her encouragement which spurred me on to make the decision to become a PAT volunteer. During more recent years, as a PAT Area Coordinator, I had the privilege of getting to know her better during which time she helped me so much on numerous occasions during our cheery phone conversations. I only met Dinah once in person but I feel that I knew her much more. I send my heartfelt sympathy to Dinah's family. She was an inspirational lady, highly respected, much loved and taken far too soon.
Julie Crowley Julie Crowley from Newport wrote on December 7, 2018 at 8:58 pm:
So sorry to hear the news of Dinah’s passing. My thoughts are with all the family at this very sad time. I hope they can find some comfort in the legacy she leaves, knowing that countless people have already, and will continue, to benefit from her hard work. R.I.P.
Penny Collinson Penny Collinson from Ipswich suffolk wrote on December 7, 2018 at 11:41 am:
I am so sad to read that Dinah has died. I have spoken to Dinah, many times, about Read2Dogs from when I started going to a local primary school with Bella my mini poodle about 3 years ago . Dinah was always so helpful and friendly, full of encouragement and advice !. I feel I have lost a dear friend and Mentor. May she rest in peace
Russell Mullane Russell Mullane from Huntingdon wrote on December 6, 2018 at 7:44 pm:
I never actually met her ,but spoke overy the phone as my cordinator. God bless her ,my thoughts and prayers for her family ....
Chris Edwards Chris Edwards from Biggin Hill wrote on December 6, 2018 at 6:08 pm:
I was so sorry to hear of the recent sad news of Dinah's passing. Although I cannot claim to have known her well, she was my initial point of contact whenI first joined PAT in 2017. I remember her as being extremely helpful in assisting with my early placement in the Read 2 Schools scheme. She responded so promptly to my many queries and I shall not forget her effortless mastery of her duties. A Role Model
Sue Martin Sue Martin from Hertfordshire wrote on December 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm:
I am so sorry to hear of Dinah's death, yet also deeply grateful to have known her. In just a few conversations and messages, she provided vital support as my dog Sparky and I moved through the nerve-racking process of preparing for our assessment and getting our first placement as a PAT dog visiting team at a local hospice. Dinah always made me feel it was a pleasure to answer my questions, whether by phone or email. She got straight to the point with words of wisdom and support. For me she was a reassuring presence and a tower of strength. She will be very much missed and my heart goes out to her partner Mark and family.
Mike Fitzgerald Mike Fitzgerald from Shoreham-by-Sea wrote on December 6, 2018 at 2:50 pm:
Shocked at this very sad news regarding Dinah which I only found out about when reading December newsletter! I've been a PAT dog volunteer since 2006 and Dinah was always a massive help in finding new placements! The reading to dogs scheme that she was instrumental in developing I've seen the benefits of with the two schools I visit! My thoughts for Dinah's family at this time!
Tracy Tracy from Dorset wrote on December 4, 2018 at 11:42 am:
I am so very sorry to hear your sad news. Dinah was an outstanding communicator and regrettably I only knew her via the telephone. She was unfailingly supportive, generous and understanding. Her passion for all dogs and their people shone through every word. Thank you Dinah for all the encouragement, advice and guidance you gave me.
Sally Rawcliffe-Foo Sally Rawcliffe-Foo from York wrote on December 4, 2018 at 10:53 am:
I was so saddened to hear of Dinah's passing, I only spoke to her over the phone on a couple of occasions but Dinah was so encouraging and supportive when we were applying for our Boston Terrier; Lincoln to become a PAT dog. He now attends a hospice weekly and loves it so much he needs to be carried out, much to everyone's amusement. Thank you Dinah for your support and our condolences to her family.
Fiona Riches Fiona Riches from Downham Market wrote on December 3, 2018 at 9:54 pm:
Dinah was the first contact point I had when trying to become a member of the Pat Dog Team. Although we never met, her voice and manner was so welcoming to a newbie. She treated Tinks & I like valued members right from the beginning, explaining how the read2dog program worked. Condolences to her family & friends.
Tracie Seagood Tracie Seagood from London wrote on December 3, 2018 at 5:50 pm:
I am very sad to hear this news. I often spoke with Dinah on the phone & was always met with so much help when I would often enquire about the fabulous bookmarks she would always laminate & send out to me, nothing was too much trouble..... I am a volunteer assessor & am involved with read2dogs thx to her & we enjoy our visits immensely , I sending my sincere condolences to her family at this time . Tracie
Alison Menage Alison Menage from Teddington wrote on December 3, 2018 at 4:33 pm:
Totally shocked. No I had no idea! What a loss to her family and to PAT. She was SO dedicated. I didnt have to contact her very often but when I did I could be sure to have care, help, sympathy and efficiency. One of life's very good guys. So very very sorry. God Bless !!
Sandy Carter Sandy Carter from Lincoln wrote on December 3, 2018 at 2:20 pm:
I was very sorry to hear about Dinah today in the newsletter. Dinah helped me a great deal with the Read2Dog scheme with support and kind words. Always available to help and advise. Tragic to lose such a loyal, giving person but she will always be remembered by those of us who felt that we knew her well. Thank you Dinah and may you rest in peace.x
Karen Bradford Karen Bradford from Lincoln wrote on December 2, 2018 at 9:59 am:
I am very saddened to read of Dinah's passing. Dinah was extremely helpful when I first started my visits and very supportive. I am not very IT friendly, hence only just seen this devastating news. My thoughts are with her family and friends. X
Kathryn Bebb-Sutton Kathryn Bebb-Sutton from Pontyclun wrote on November 29, 2018 at 3:23 pm:
I was terribly saddened to hear of the passing of Dinah. She was my co-ordinator as we have a Read2Dogs dog. We absolutely love what we do with our Field Spaniel Teisen. She definately makes a difference to the lives of children. Our sincere condolences to Dinah's family and close friends x
Julie Poole Julie Poole from Hornchurch, Essex wrote on November 25, 2018 at 3:20 pm:
So sorry to hear the sad news about Dinah, she was always so helpful and friendly to talk to on the phone. She did such good work for Pets As Therapy and will be sorely missed by all of us. Thinking of all of her family, such a tough time for you all.
Charles Charles from Royston wrote on November 23, 2018 at 5:06 pm:
So sad to hear of Dinah's untimely death. She was such an insperation to the dog world and a backbone to Pets As Therapy. I shall miss our chats. My condolences to all her family.
Roger Holdroyd Roger Holdroyd from Dumfries wrote on November 22, 2018 at 5:42 pm:
So sad to lose this wonderful lady. I never met her but spoke many times with her. She helped me set up as a volunteer and as an area coordinator. We had our doggies in common, my Molly is a Jachuaua just like Dinah’s doggie! We did hope they would get to meet one day but I trust Dinah’s doggie is in good hands with Mark? We are after another small doggie for Molly, if anyone knows of one needing a good home.
Margaret Thomso. Margaret Thomso. from Dundee wrote on November 22, 2018 at 11:10 am:
I was so so shockef to hear of the sudden passing of Dinah I have known her for many years in my role as assesor and co ordinator She was such a lovely helpful person who will be sadly missed Sincere condolences to het family and her colleagues
Theresa Giana Theresa Giana from Cambridge wrote on November 22, 2018 at 10:25 am:
Such a shock and saddened by the news of Dinah's passing. As a coordinator I was in regular contact, and Dinah would always be there to guide and support me. She was indeed a character with a great sense of humour. We enjoyed some great belly laughs over the telephone and I shall miss her as I am sure anyone who had the privilege of knowing her will. My condolences to her family and hope they take some comfort from the love and support around them, Theresa
Katie Ambrose Katie Ambrose from Sowerby Bridge wrote on November 21, 2018 at 7:44 pm:
I was saddened to hear that Dinah had passed away and would like to send my deepest sympathy to her family and friends.
Jennifer Dubois Jennifer Dubois from Aylesbury wrote on November 20, 2018 at 1:05 pm:
On behalf of the team at head office: Losing Dinah so suddenly and after only working with her the day before came as such a shock to us all. We still cannot believe it happened. Some of here including myself, worked with Dinah for over 6 years and she was an integral part of the office even though she worked at a different location. We will miss her knowledge, her laughter and her presence. Although she had many health issues she never ever complained. Missed so much and - so many volunteers, dogs, phobia cases and Read to Dogs success stories will be your legacy Dinah. Rest in Peace - Healthy and free xxx
Margaret Kirkby Margaret Kirkby from London wrote on November 19, 2018 at 4:22 pm:
I was shocked and saddened to hear about Dinah's death. Over the 9 years I have been a PAT volunteer, Dinah has been immensely helpful, particularly when I moved to London and was looking for a new placement, when I started on the Read2Dogs scheme, and when I was a volunteer at Crufts. Overall I was struck both by her warmth and helpfulness. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to her partner and family, and to all of you in the office.
david mackie david mackie from hayes wrote on November 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm:
The passing of Dinah is not just a big blow to Dinah's family and friends but to the world of dog shows for many different charities over the past 20 years plus of which I had the pleasure of arranging them with Dinah and raising many thousands of pounds for them. My thought's and best wishes to Mark and Dinah's family in this most sad time. Dinah was a bigger than life person and the world has lost a true champion of dogs and people.
dave mackie dave mackie from hayes,middlesex wrote on November 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm:
I have known Dinah for over twenty years and through out this time we arranged many dog shows for charity. Dinah will be missed not just by her family but the many friends Dinah made through the dog club and shows we arranged but a much wider range of people who Dinah came in contact with as a person who cared about family, dogs and friends. best wishes and thoughts not just to my friend Dinah ,but Mark and her family. Love and thoughts Dave Mackie.
dave mackie dave mackie from hayes,middlesex wrote on November 17, 2018 at 1:49 pm:
I have known Dinah for over twenty years and through out this time we arranged many dog shows for charity. Dinah will be missed not just by her family but the many friends Dinah made through the dog club and shows we arranged but a much wider range of people who Dinah came in contact with as a person who cared about family, dogs and friends. best wishes and thoughts not just to my friend Dinah ,but Mark and her family. Love and thoughts Dave Mackie.
Ann Latham Ann Latham from Oxford wrote on November 15, 2018 at 3:02 pm:
Condolences, Dinah was an inspirational person, whom encouraged me so much on the Read 2 Dog scheme, With Mya my miniature poodle we attended 4 schools helping so many children to read, I also worked with some dog phobic children and was so very grateful to Dinah for her guidance. This week I was asked to start Read 2 Dog at a new school, and feel it will be fitting tribute to carry on Dinah beloved project. x
Jacqui Carr Jacqui Carr from Melton Constable wrote on November 15, 2018 at 2:37 pm:
I was so sad to read the news about Dinah. I was just about to pick the phone up to speak to her when I read it on the website. She was so helpful to me with advice when I wanted to start the Read2Dogs programme for a local school. My condolences to her family and friends.
Denise Kaydar Denise Kaydar from London wrote on November 13, 2018 at 5:46 pm:
I had the privilege of knowing and working quite closely with Dinah for over ten years, in my capacity as a PAT London coordinator and assessor, and always found her advice and counsel to be sound and so helpful – a most remarkable lady. She was hugely knowledgeable and experienced in all areas of dog welfare and I recall fondly our time together at the House of Lords some years ago when PAT was invited to a special canine event. I continue my volunteering with the Read2Dog Scheme and will always think of her most fondly and in gratitude during these sessions with our rescue mutt. She will be sorely missed and my heart goes out to Mark and the rest of her family in these very sad times. We have lost a great friend and colleague and she will never be forgotten. Thank you Dinah and RIP.
Paul Sullivan Paul Sullivan from London wrote on November 13, 2018 at 3:47 pm:
I am so sorry to hear this sad news. I hope her family can find solace in the fact that that she helped so many people and her legacy will live on through all the great work she did.
jANET AND DAVID CAVE jANET AND DAVID CAVE from ASHFORD KENT wrote on November 13, 2018 at 1:46 pm:
We were sorry to hear of the sad loss of Dinah and send our thoughts and deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Our thoughts are with you all. Janet and David Cave.
Sandra Snounou Sandra Snounou from Belfast wrote on November 13, 2018 at 5:56 am:
Please accept our condolences on the very sad loss of a wonderful lady. She will be missed by all of the Coordinators in N. Ireland. Always friendly, helpful and professional. Our hearts go out to her family and friends
Sue Shipman Sue Shipman from Brown Lees wrote on November 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm:
Such very sad news. Yesterday was my first visit to your website, but it was clear that this lady was wholly involved and caring in the work she was doing. I'd like to offer very sincere thoughts to her family and the many friends she clearly has with yourselves.
ANNE Mayne ANNE Mayne from Bangor N Ireland wrote on November 10, 2018 at 8:34 am:
Such sad news , my prayers are with all the family at this very sad time and what a lovely legacy to leave which affect thousands through her tireless hard work.now is your time to test .
Gill Brownson Gill Brownson from Manchester wrote on November 10, 2018 at 8:30 am:
Dear Mark, family friends, colleagues and those who relied on Dinah for support. I knew Dinah from afar as someone to always be at the end of a phone call or email to provide friendly, reliable guidance. We enjoyed many a chat. Dinah you will be greatly missed. Our condolences to everyone who had the privilege of knowing you. Gill & Scruffy the PAT Dog
Rachel Rachel from Staffordshire wrote on November 9, 2018 at 8:17 pm:
I never got to meet you but we spoke lots of times over the telephone. You always knew the answers to my various questions regarding Pets As Therapy. You will be sadly missed.
Lorna Cowan, PAT Trustee Lorna Cowan, PAT Trustee from Dorset wrote on November 9, 2018 at 10:51 am:
Very saddened to hear this news about Dinah. My thoughts are with Mark and all of Dinah's family and friends.
Rebecca Leverett Rebecca Leverett from West Wickham wrote on November 9, 2018 at 9:52 am:
Dinah was such a great help. She got me started on the read2dogs scheme with my Labrador Yvie and when I took up the role of Local area coordinator, she was always happy to answer my queries and lend her advice. She will be very much missed. x
Paul Imber Paul Imber from CHIPPENHAM wrote on November 8, 2018 at 8:08 pm:
I spoke to Dinah only a few days before she passed away and she discussed the role of coordinator enticing me to say yes. Well, Dinah, today I am a coordinator. Thank you for your encouragement and kind words. X
Carmelle Rowe Carmelle Rowe from REIGATE wrote on November 8, 2018 at 4:50 pm:
I don't know of this lady, but my son attends a special needs school & they have the read to dog scheme, he absolutely loves it! We have recently got ourselves a pup who he reads to now & I hope she will be able to train as a PAT dog. So just want to express my sadness at her passing but also a huge thank you for her work. Truly inspirational woman. RIP 🙏🏼💖
Sandy Iliff Sandy Iliff from Leicestershire wrote on November 8, 2018 at 12:45 pm:
I wanted to send my love and thoughts to all Dinah’s family , friends and everyone at pets as therapy . I am so sorry to hear this very sad news ! Dinah was kind enough to help me when I lost my beloved Alfie who was a pat dog for many years back in 2013 . I asked Dinah to come on air via the phone to do an interview with me on the Radio about Alfie as tribute to him just a week after he passed away , but, also the great work of pets as therapy ! Dinah did a wonderful tribute and a wonderful interview that really helped me to come to terms with the loss of Alfie my dear friend . The Idea of encouraging children to read to dogs sparked my interest alot what a wonderful legacy to help children read by reading to dogs ! I reposted the interview only in August on Fb as it has been 5 years everyone loved the interview .Dinah thank you ❤️ X you lovely lady x sending love to you all Best wishes Sandy Iliff
Cynthia Anderson Cynthia Anderson from Beckenham wrote on November 7, 2018 at 7:28 pm:
I feel privileged to have had a telephone friendship with you, especially during the Read2Days. All my gratitude to you for all you have given to life. Cynthia
Cate Cate from London wrote on November 6, 2018 at 12:38 am:
We are so deeply saddened to hear of Dinah’s passing and know that she will leave an enormous sore hole in the lives and hearts of many. Dinah was an enormous support to us as we forged our great passion for the READ2DOGS programme. She directed us beautifully, ensuring we felt guided with clarity and encouragement. Our warmest embrace goes out to Mark, her family and her friends. Rest in peace, Dinah. You left us all too soon. Cate & Doug
Rachael Hammond Rachael Hammond wrote on November 5, 2018 at 9:02 pm:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Whenever I spoke to Dinah she was so friendly and helpful. She will leave a huge hole in the lives of those who knew and loved her. Thinking of her family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.
Jonny Nagler Jonny Nagler from London wrote on November 5, 2018 at 8:15 pm:
Sadly we did not get to meet but I know Dinah was a tireless supporter of PAT and a great inspiration My condolences to her family and friends
Deborah Dow CEO Pets As Therapy Deborah Dow CEO Pets As Therapy wrote on November 5, 2018 at 7:37 pm:
Dinah loved dogs and she loved people. She cared so much about the Read2Dogs service and had worked so hard to see it grow to over 1000 participating schools. A fantastic legacy. Such sad news . Her colleagues will miss her wicked sense of humour, wit and or course her extensive canine knowledge . Our thoughts are with Mark and Dinah's family.
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