The prize is given to one of the many four-legged heroes who brings joy, comfort and companionship to people in hospitals, care homes and schools.
In 2018, a Labrador-Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross called Inca, owned by PAT volunteer Sheena Scrimgeour, picked up the trophy.
Inca has been a PAT dog for more than eight years. Along with Sheena, she regularly visits Hellesdon High School in Norwich, as well as dementia cafés, universities, local hospitals and a prison.
Describing the effect Inca’s visits can have, the chaplain at Hellesdon Hospital had the following to say:
“You just feel her presence in your heart.”
For more on charities supported by “The People’s Friend”, visit our Helping Others pages.
In 2018, “The People’s Friend” began publishing a series featuring the amazing work of Pets As Therapy. Founded in 1983, the national charity aims to enhance community health and well-being. It does this by encouraging volunteers and their behaviourally assessed animals to visit hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.