Residents from Care South’s Dorset House care home in Poole were delighted to support Lewis-Manning Hospice Care at its Muddy Dog Dash event that took place at Upton Country Park on 26th March. The paw-some day out consisted of a 2km and 4km obstacle course around the park for people, their dog(s) and loved ones to take part in with many of them having lots of fun in the mud!
Care South hosted residents in the ‘event village’ outside the idyllic tearoom within the Upton County Park grounds, which was the perfect spot for residents to explore the event stalls on display nearby and watch all the runners and their dogs in action. Residents enjoyed a delicious lunch spread purchased from the tearooms whilst enjoying the Muddy Dog Dash event.
Lewis-Manning Hospice Care provides care to patients and their loved ones facing a life-limiting illness. Their important work increases people’s physical and social wellbeing, reduces isolation and loneliness and alleviates the huge pressures on family and carers.
Sam Baker, Activities Lead at Dorset House, said: “We understand the joys and benefits that animals, not just dogs, can bring to us all. That’s why we work with local partners that bring in furry friends to visit. Many residents in our care used to own pets, and whilst they may no longer be able to care for their own, we make sure they are still able to enjoy seeing them by either coming to us or making a trip out to see them. Interacting with a friendly pet is known to help residents, and everyone was so pleased to welcome lots of dogs for many calming cuddles.”
Abby Davies, Marketing and Communications Manager at Lewis-Manning Hospice Care added: “We are thrilled that Care South and its residents were able to come along to support this event. It was a fun day out that was enjoyed by everyone. Our partnership with the care homes and entire organisation is continuing to flourish every day, which is fantastic to be part of. Care South share the same values as Lewis-Manning and long may this collaborative partnership continue.”