Residents at Parley Place celebrated the International Day of Charity on September 5th. Staff and residents enjoyed reminiscing about all of the charities they had supported, we enjoyed a talk and demonstration by one of these charities – Helpful Hounds Assistance Dogs who help to change the lives of young people and their families.
The International Day of Charity was established to mobilise people to volunteer to help others through philanthropic acts. The date of 5th September was chosen in order to commemorate the anniversary of the passing away of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 “for work undertaken in the struggle to overcome poverty and distress, which also constitute a threat to peace.”
Staff and residents spent time listening to the interesting talk and watching a demo of the training that goes into each assistance dog. Helpful Hounds are such an important local charity and they also make time to bring their mascot Raffi in to see the residents regularly.
Elizabeth, a resident at the home, commented: it was lovely to be able to celebrate all the good things that people do to help others, and these dogs are just beautiful and always bring a smile to my face”
Tracey Aldin, General Manager at the home, said: “It was so interesting to hear about this charity and all the training that goes into each and every dog to make sure they help the person they support reach their maximum potential.”