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Pets bring an afternoon of fun and therapy!

14th Nov 2017

When our very brave staff Lisa & Louise offered to face their own personal fears of spiders and snakes to raise money for a Pet Therapy session for our clients, we leapt at the chance! Lisa & Louise set up their very own ‘Bushtucker Trial’ and asked friends, family, colleagues and family members of our clients if they’d be kind enough to sponsor them just a little bit of change to help fund a visit from Georgia’s Reptile Ark.

Last Friday was the day in question and we kicked it off by our lovely ladies facing their (very genuine) fears, Lisa and Louise were both so brave having spiders crawling on them and snakes draped around their neck. What a brilliant achievement!


Louise and Lisa facing their fears!


After the Bushtucker Trial it was our wonderful clients turn to spend lots of time meeting all the fantastic pets and critters that Georgia’s Reptile Ark brought along.  Clients held a beautiful soft hen, spent time with a gorgeous little hedgehog, let a giant tarantula creep across their hands and had plenty of cuddles with an adorable guinea pig.


A Client saying hello to fluffy the Hen!


Research shows that Pet Therapy, otherwise known as Animal Assisted Therapy has plenty of benefits for older adults and those living with a form of dementia. Spending time with animals can generate feel good hormones such as oxytocin, prolactin and serotonin. Sitting with a small animal on your knee can be calming, as well as confidence boosting. It helps to access the more nurturing side of our personalities and improves our self-esteem.


A Client takes on her fears and has some time with the snake!


We are delighted to let you know that Lisa and Louise’s fabulously brave efforts in their Bushtucker Trial raised over £475.00! All of us at Bridgewater Day Care have been touched by the kindness and generosity of all involved in helping to facilitate this wonderful afternoon for our clients. We also wanted to thank Georgia’s Reptile Ark, who spent much longer than planned interacting with our clients and helping them with the animals, they were more than generous with their time.



A Client has a cuddle of


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