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Therapy donkey lifts spirits at care centre, Diamond Quality Care, in Greenham



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There were smiles all round at a care centre for disabled adults in Greenham when Charlie the donkey came to visit.

Diamond Quality Care, which supports and encourages adults with acquired physical disabilities, neurological conditions and acquired brain injuries, welcomed the therapy animals in a bid to lift spirits.

The Pets as Therapy (PAT) donkey brought smiles to the faces of the clients as he trotted into the care centre on Friday, March 4.

The 22-year-old Donkey put a smile on faces as he greeted clients and staff members
The 22-year-old Donkey put a smile on faces as he greeted clients and staff members

The 22-year-old donkey met both staff and clients and posed for photos in front of a donkey display, showcasing all of his friends and telling readers a bit about them.

Lead activities coordinator Kelly Staples said the event was a success and a second visit was already being planned.

She said: “The [clients] absolutely loved it, just by looking at their faces you can see those smiles.”

Charlie the donkey getting to know everyone. Picture by: Diamond Quality Care (55438151)
Charlie the donkey getting to know everyone. Picture by: Diamond Quality Care (55438151)

She added that therapy animals are there to release any built-up anxieties and problems that people may have with their mental health.

She said: “It’s very therapeutic. You wouldn’t think it. The clients really enjoyed it.”

She linked it with the stress release brought from spending time with pet dogs.

“Donkeys are so calm,” she added. “They have a natural calmness about them which sort of releases onto the person who is giving them that attention.”

Charlie the donkey with clients at Diamond Quality Care. Picture by: Diamond Quality Care
Charlie the donkey with clients at Diamond Quality Care. Picture by: Diamond Quality Care

One client, who particularly enjoyed Charlie’s visit said: “He was really really beautiful.”

Following the event's success, another trip to Greenham, for Charlie, looks likely.



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