Henry the dog recognised for the care he gives patients

STEVE HODGKIN / Credit - CHADWICKS EMN-141216-111504001
STEVE HODGKIN / Credit - CHADWICKS EMN-141216-111504001

A therapy dog from Rutland, has received an excellence award for his volunteering efforts within the NHS.

Henry and his owner Penelope Butler have been awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust at the Excellence Awards 2014, which were held last month.

Toy poodle, Henry aged four, has been working as a Pets as Therapy dog for the past two years, alongside his owner Penelope.

Both Henry and Penelope volunteer at the Rutland Memorial Hospital and Melton Mowbray Hospital, where they make weekly visits to the patients.

The pair were nominated for the award by one of the physiotherapists at Melton Mowbray Hospital, for the “great” care they provide the patients at the hospital.

Penelope, who is from Wing, said: “I knew we had been nominated but I had no idea that we had won an award.”

On their weekly visits to both hospitals,Henry and Penelope visit the patients on the wards, offering a service of love and care.

Patients are given the opportunity to stroke, hold and talk with Henry, along with having a chat with Penelope.

Penelope said: “I enjoy volunteering, it’s a very rewarding role.

“The job we do is just like the job of any visitor really.

“Sometimes it takes me nearly 15 minutes to get onto the ward because all of the staff and patients love Henry so much - everyone says that he makes them feel better.”

Physiotherapist at Melton Mowbray Hospital, Tracy Clark, who nominated Henry and Penelope for the award, said: “Henry is an absolute star, he is a great asset to the ward at Melton Mowbray Hospital.

“All of the patients love him and he offers great care for the patients. He really is the star of the show.”

For more information about the Pets as Therapy charity visit: www.petsastherapy.org.