How the Coronavirus pandemic has affected the charity and fundraising landscape and how you can help.
Friday 12th June 2020
They say the best therapists have fur and four legs and we couldn’t agree more! We wanted to tell you a little about our favourite charity Pets As Therapy, how they are facing the challenges of these uncertain times and, most importantly, how you can help.
In normal times, thousands of people benefit every week from visits from PAT Volunteers and their animals providing companionship and interaction often at a time of isolation or challenge. PAT Visits can get children, the sick and the elderly talking when they are struggling to communicate. They can improve self-confidence, social interaction, and overall wellbeing. The positive effects of a PAT visit are not only experienced by the people being visited but also on family, friends, and the wider community.
With face to face visits to individuals, schools and care homes suspended during this time, the charity have embraced technology and social media to continue with their work and fundraising efforts and to keep in touch so that PAT teams will be able to continue their amazing visits in the future.
Here are some things to look out for and what you can take part in!
Follow the PAT Pets
PAT dogs and cats have not been resting on their laurels at home! You can follow their antics online and sponsor them in various challenges such as recent the Toilet Roll Challenge and the 2.6 challenge, to help raise money for the charity.
You can also check out the hilarious #PATDogDiaries click here to watch the videos!
Take part in the #PATPubquiz
On Facebook and Instagram every Wednesday at 7.30pm! There are prizes to be won, from Arden Grange, Orvis and more.
#PATChat Live with Matt
National Volunteer and Events Manager, Matt Robinson is live at 7.30pm on Mondays keeping you all updated and informed, sometimes with special guests including charity ambassador and Mental Health campaigner James Middleton. Watch on PAT Facebook or Instagram.
If you have the ability to give during this time, visit the PAT JustGiving page to make a donation. You can make one off donation, regular giving or set up your own fundraising page!
If you can't, just enjoy all of the above and feel free to share with your friends and family to help spread the word and raise awareness of this fabulous charity.
Pets As Therapy are a registered Charity No. 1112194. For more information, visit their website.
Photo Credit: Norman: normancavapoo by Sarah Sparkes