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.

We have created a book of condolence to share with Dinah’s family, friends and colleagues. If you would like to leave a message or your thoughts below, please do so:

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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.