Animal magic as students visit dementia centre

Animal magic as students visit dementia centre

Animal magic as students visit dementia centre

First published in Local News

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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