Hebburn care home residents get visit from Shetland Pony

To welcome in 2014, staff at Willowdene Care Home in Hebburn, South Tyneside, organised for Shetland Ponies to be brought in as a surprise for the elderly people in the home

Mr P the Shetland pony visits Willowdene Care Home in Hebburn
Mr P the Shetland pony visits Willowdene Care Home in Hebburn

Care home residents were given a special New Year’s Day greeting by a Shetland Pony.

To welcome in 2014, staff at Willowdene Care Home in Hebburn, South Tyneside, organised for Shetland Ponies to be brought in as a surprise for the elderly people in the home.

The group were left delighted as the ponies were given a tour of the care home, meeting the 35 residents.

Val North, a nurse at the care home, said: “It was fantastic, the residents were loving it and it went fabulously.

“We have had them in before and it just cheers them up.”

Julie Gregory, the care home manager, added: “It was just something for the residents to look forward to, for them to be involved with the community and to bring the community to them. The residents really enjoy seeing the ponies and it is good therapy for them as well.

“We have done it before a few times and it is always popular. It is something different and a bit quirky that our activities co-ordinator puts together for them. It’s a nice way to bring a smile to their faces and it was a lovely way to welcome in the New Year.”

Residents were given a chance to get close to the ponies as they celebrated the start of 2014 at the care home.

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