Animal magic as students visit dementia centre

Echo: Animal magic as students visit dementia centre Animal magic as students visit dementia centre

STUDENTS brought an array of furry friends to a dementia centre.

Eight students from Seevic College, in Runnymede Chase, Thundersley, visited the Silver Birch Centre, in Kiln Road, Thundersley, with a few extra special guests as part of a pet therapy session.

The students, who all study animal care, brought animals including a snake, rabbit, hedgehog and a type of guinea pig.

The visit was organised by Lorna Bartlett, animal care and management tutor, from Seevic College.

She said: “Through experiences like this, our students are able to see the impact animals can have on people’s lives and the enjoyment they bring.”

Angela Allum, centre manager, said: “I was planning to organise a pet therapy session at the centre, then I met Lorna and she offered to bring in the animals from the college – it’s been a great experience for our clients.”

The centre offers specialist day care for people with dementia, currently providing respite care three days a week.

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