Ponies bring smiles to residents
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.