Hatfield residents celebrate Chinese New Year with furry friend

Alan Ellerby, his guide dog JB and Hatfield resident Maureen Plumb. Picture: Sanctuary Care.

Alan Ellerby, his guide dog JB and Hatfield resident Maureen Plumb. Picture: Sanctuary Care.


Residents of a Hatfield care home welcomed the Chinese New Year by celebrating it with a very special pooch to mark the Year of the Dog.

Residents of Sanctuary Care Home in Hatfield have been cheering Kung Hei Fat Choy – or Happy Chinese New Year, as they welcomed in the Year of the Dog.

On Friday, February 16, the team and residents celebrated with brightly coloured decorations and special guest, guide dog JB.

After enjoying a range of Chinese cuisine of noodles, crackers and spring rolls to name a few, Ralph Frearson, speaker coordinator and branch organiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and JB’s owner Alan Ellerby, spoke about the work guide dogs do.

Speaking of the visit, activities leader at the home Kim Knight said: “The residents adored the visit from JB, he was so gentle – they loved giving him a fuss.

“It was also really great to hear about the good work Guide Dogs for the Blind do in our local community.”

Resident Maureen Plumb added: “It’s been a really informative afternoon and I’ve learnt a lot about these good dogs.

“I’m so happy Guide Dogs for the Blind exists to help people.”

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