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Donations Received – Jan – March 2021

We would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their donations.

PayPal Giving Fund

The Charities Trust

Jeremy Sparkes

HVL Glover

Mary Allanson

Cleethorpes Rotary Club

R & S Hustwick in memory of Jean




Donations Received – September & October 2020

We would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their generosity.

Jeremy Sparks

Christopher Hall

PayPal Just Giving Fund

Hazel Wilder

Sue Huttley

D A Paisley

Rathbone Investment Management

Charities Trust

Mavis Jenkins

Beverley, Linda & Shirley in memory of Doreen Baker

Sheila King in memory of the late Doreen Baker

Pauline McGarvey in memory of the late Doreen Baker

Pauline Salter in memory of the lateDoreen Baker

L Walton in memory of the late Doreen Baker

J S Lane in memory of the late Doreen Baker

L Price in memory of the late Doreen Baker

Mr E Barker in memory of the late Doreen Baker

Mr & Mrs Phillips in memory of the late Doreen Baker


Donations Received – July 2020

We would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their generosity.

Miss Beadsworth

Private Practice Paperwork Ltd

Paypal Giving Fund

2020 Awardees

All of our volunteers and dogs are valued and they give a fantastic service to their local communities day in and day out but as is tradition at Crufts, we make some special awards to those volunteers who make an exceptional contribution to the Charity.

2020 Winners


Our top award, the Pam St. Clements trophy is awarded to a volunteer as recognition for going above and beyond their regular activities.  This year we we thrilled to be able to give this to Emma Piotowski and her family, Nico the Therapy Dog and Kenzie, Lexi and Harvy who are all TDN Cadets.


Emma and Nico from south Wales are regular visitors to Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital where they bring smiles, love and distractions from everyday life.  Recently Emma was called at short notice to to attend the Hospital to help make a video memory book for a child who was under going end of life care and the parents wanted Nico to be part of that memory.


Elsewhere, Kenzie, Lexi and Harvey regularly promote the Charity at fund raising events and school assembly and more notably at the Welsh Senedd.  They are all very active members of the Cadet team and we are pleased that the award could be given to the whole family.


A full list of awardees can be seen below


Bonnie Burn Award (for working with children in Schools) – Bridget Meads & Dazee

Stella Cup (for working within secure units) – Grainne Carr & Eddie

Muppet Shooting Star (for raising the profile of the charity) – Julie Day & Kegan

Jazz Award (working with children) – Maria Cottrell & Cassie

Roo Award  (best friends) – Jan Tarrant with Bramble & Poppy

Daisy May  (new comer) – Wendy Brunty & Elvis


Harriet Heart Winners

Wendy Parker & Buttons Ruth Pudney & Ruby & Holly Jenny Borriello & Enzo
Maxine May & Jess Alan Smart & Casper Val Fisher & Anton & Freya
Helen Yates & Skye & Logan Sue Yates & Callie
John & Sandy Hannor & Walter & Reg Georgina Murry & Jed, Bo, Archer & Lumi Diane Redshaw & Shakespeare, Claude & Norman


Above & Beyond Medals

Tara Campbell Lizzie Dawson Sarah Choi
Christine Buckley Lois Hyett Christine Ferris
David & Pam Coombes




TDN Cadets at Crufts 2020

The TDN Cadets were out in force at Crufts 2020, promoting the charity and fund raising across the 4 days.

TDN Cadets


We were thrilled so many could join us and, without exception, their knowledge and enthusiasm shone through.  The Cadet scheme is open to juniors aged between 7 and 17 to enable them to accompany family members on their visits.  The Cadets work towards by logging their achievements, this could be fund raising, community talks and education sessions.  9 Cadets gained their Bronze award at Crufts this year and some are already on their way to gaining their Silver.  Well done guys!  Our awardees are: Lexi, Alfie, Faye, Kenzie, Ewan, Jordan, Harvey, Katie and Taylor.


Our Cadet scheme is run by Claire Stephens(BSc Hons BVetMed MRCVS) who herself was a former junior member of Pets As Therapy.  Claire said “it was great to see so many of the Cadets positively promoting TDN and chatting to the public.  The Cadets are the future of our charity and I am very proud of them all.”


We had a tombola (dog themed of course) which was run exclusively by the Cadets, over the weekend they raised nearly £500.

Currently we have 21 Cadets registered with us.  For more information, please visit the Cadet page.

Tombola Queen



Donations Received – Mar 2020

We would like to thank the following individuals and organisations for their generous donations.

Susan Jones

Nora Judge

PayPal Giving Fund

Hamish Dickie

Margaret Walton



Spartacus needs your help

Eileen Slattery - Therapy Dogs NationwideSpartacus is one of our original Therapy Dogs and he needs your vote.


He down to the the final three in the Hardest Working Dog competition run by Autarky Foods.  Currently he is in the lead in the Healthcare Dog category and competition is tight.


With everything to play for please click here to find out more information and to vote for Sparti.


Voting closes at midnight on Monday 30th March 2020.

Important update for volunteers & establishments regarding COVID-19


Therapy Dogs Nationwide

16th March 2020


Important update for volunteers & establishments regarding COVID-19.

Dear All

Today we have decided to suspend ALL activities until further notice while we all keep safe. This includes but is not limited to, regular visiting, one offs and assessments.

I am sure many of you are disappointed, but it is the sensible thing to do. Many volunteers have already cancelled their own activities and establishments are requesting that we do not attend at this time.

The admin team will continue to work behind the scenes during this time and are here to support you.

Thank you.

The Trustees


For the most up to date information for volunteers, please provide us with an email address and join our private Facebook group – TDN-volunteers only

Please let us know if your circumstances have changed so we can update our records.

Calling all Cadets….

Are you a budding artist?  Would you like to design our next charity Thank You card?  Get your thinking caps on and your drawing boards out and your design could be on our Thank You cards for 2020.  Open to all TDN Cadets.

Nominations are open for the TDN 2020 awards

Do you know a volunteer that deserves a special award? 
Have they made a special visit?
Do they make a difference to your patients, pupils, colleagues, relatives or establishments?
Has a member of the team gone above and beyond to help you?
If so, please let us know.  They could receive a special award at Crufts.

Send your nominations in confidence to

or post to
TDN, 103 Home Farm Road, Woodchurch, Wirral, CH49 7LG.

Nominations close on 31/12/19