Reindeer visit hospice

Reindeer visit hospice

Posted on 27 October 2016 by Monika Reichelt

Two beautiful reindeer from Ayrshire Reindeer Centre came to visit patients and staff at the Ayrshire Hospice recently, fairly brightening up the day!  Quite a few surprised faces could be spotted looking out the windows as owners, Paul Gibson and Leanne Mullen-Gibson, led them through the hospice’s beautiful gardens. Word got out quickly and soon Pogo and Princess, had lots of admirers wanting to pet them, and of course, to take a few selfies!

Claire Stuart-Paulin, Senior Fundraiser, said ‘When I met the reindeer last year at our Winter Fair I just fell in love with them. They are such graceful, friendly and intelligent animals known for their calming nature and I thought it would be wonderful if we could arrange for our patients to meet them too. Paul and Leanne were more than happy to bring their beloved animals to the hospice and it was a pleasure to watch everyone’s surprised and excitable reactions when we were walking them around the gardens”

Staff and patients were also keen to learn a little bit more about them. Heather Montgomery, a hospice patient said: “This is absolutely brilliant, I honestly wish I could just take them home with me. I’ve learnt so many interesting facts about them as well – it’s been a wonderful day!”

The reindeer will also be attending the Ayrshire Hospice Winter Fair this year on Saturday 19th November at Ayr Racecourse from 10am – 4pm.  Make sure you come down and meet them in the special reindeer petting corner. There will also be an opportunity to have photographs taken in Santa’s sleigh! For more information about Winter Fair click here.