Therapy Dogs at Brookfields School

This March saw the John Sykes Foundation’s inaugural Acts of Kindness month, an initiative to celebrate the selfless acts performed quietly by the great people of Reading, and to generally spread a little happiness. Last week, the final gift was presented to Brookfields School, in the form of a visit from Bali, a Pets As Therapy dog, and his handler, Iona.

A class of students from Brookfields School, who require that extra additional care, were nominated by a colleague. She stated that the class is staffed by the most amazing ladies who show so much love, fun and care to the children who unfortunately do not get out as much as other classes at the school in Tilehurst.

Sian McCoubrey, a Volunteer of the Foundation, commented, “Bali’s visit was overwhelmingly successful and made a huge difference to the children, who thoroughly enjoyed their contact with him, touching his fur and throwing toys for him to fetch. Bali interacted with the class beautifully and there were many smiling faces, children and adults alike! In fact, the visit was so successful that the John Sykes Foundation are working with Pets As Therapy and Brookfields School, to bring Bali, or one of the other Therapy Dogs, to the school on a monthly basis. We would very much like to thank Bali and Iona for their visit and making so many people happy.”

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