Care for the elderly in Northumberland.
We had a special visitor this week.
Charlotte is a 3 week old orphan lamb from a local farm, and she came to see us at Charlotte Straker House.
Charlotte was the third from a set of triplets and her mother didn’t have enough milk to feed her, so she has been bottle fed since birth.
Pet therapy is proven to reduce anxiety and we have regular visits from therapy dogs and horses, however, this is a first with a pet lamb!
It was quite a complex thing to organise and we have needed approval from Trading Standards to transport the lamb here.
However it has definitely been worth it, as many of our residents lived and worked on farms, and seeing the lamb now, helps them reconnect with their past.
Meg said “I love her. She is so pretty. And tiny too. I think the best thing is her nappy. Thank you for bringing her in.”
Spring was definitely in the air when a party of residents, carers and volunteers visited High House Farm in Matfen last week.
Our Marketing Coordinator, Sally Urwin, showed us around her lambing shed and we met Scabby the sheep, Hatty the ewe and Candy the Shetland pony.
We also had the chance for a cuddle with (newly named) Charlotte and Straker the pet lambs!
Sally will be bringing Charlotte the lamb to Charlotte Straker House in the near future, to meet the residents who couldn’t make it up to the farm.
In the afternoon we all visited the High House Farm Brewery tearooms for a scone and a cup of tea in the sunshine.
As you can see from the pictures, the weather was glorious – long may it continue…