Ponies bring smiles to res­i­dents

The Oban Times - - Lochaber Times -

A LOCHABER fam­ily raised money to take two ther­apy ponies to a Bal­lachul­ish care home.

Siob­han Cooper and her dad Andy raised more than £ 500 for Abbey­field Care Home to bring in the an­i­mals, Wil­son and Ed­wardo.

The fam­ily has close ties with the care home as Siob­han’s grandmother is a res­i­dent there. Her grand­fa­ther also lived at the care home but he died ear­lier this year.

Do­minic Duffy, man­ager at the care home, told the Lochaber Times it is lovely to see the fam­ily still so in­volved with the care home staff and res­i­dents, even af­ter their loved one has died. ‘Do­na­tions like this are what en­able us to do ex­tra ac­tiv­i­ties, such as get­ting the ponies for the res­i­dents. We would not be able to fund things like this other­wise,’ he said.

‘This was not a case of us go­ing out and twist­ing peo­ple’s arms to get money for the ponies. Siob­han and her fam­ily wanted to do this for us which makes it ex­tra special.

‘It was great for ev­ery­one to see the res­i­dents’ faces light up when they were with the ponies. Res­i­dents who maybe would not nor­mally par­tic­i­pate in ac­tiv­i­ties got in­volved with it, which was great to see.’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Ferguson The Write Im­age. F31 ther­apy ponies 01 IF Res­i­dents loved spend­ing time with Ed­wardo the pony.

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