ELDERLY residents in Burton have had some special little visitors during a unique therapy session.
Residents at Chestnut Grange, in All Saints Road, Burton, were visited by two miniature ponies during a special session organised by a member of staff at the Burton branch of repair and maintenance firm Willmott Dixon Partnerships.
Mr P and Molly, from KL Pony Therapy, spent an afternoon interacting with the residents as part of the specialist therapy session, which is believed to aid in the reminiscence and communications of dementia sufferers.
Willmott Dixon’s customer and community officer Cathy Hayward, who organised the session, said: “We wanted to arrange something special for the resident’s at Chestnut Grange, and the pony therapy session seemed like a completely unique experience that everyone could enjoy.”
The resident’s also enjoyed some refreshments and a raffle.
Chestnut Grange is an extra care housing scheme managed by Trent & Dove Housing.
Paul Oakes, Trent & Dove’s supported housing manager, said: “We’re really grateful to Willmott Dixon for organising this event, and for Mr P and Molly coming all the way from County Durham to spend the day with us. This therapy session has been a unique, calming and enjoyable experience for our residents and staff on site.”
Mick Williamson, managing director of Willmott Dixon Partnerships, said: “This is very much part of our ethos which is about how we can make a real, positive difference to the lives of people living locally.”