We are proud to announce that Harvey & Hugo will be the headline sponsors of the first Wag & Company North East Friendship Dogs, ‘Wag Event’, on 17th of May, at The Baltic Centre in Gateshead.
The North East-based charity, aims to reduce loneliness in older dog lovers by enabling professionally assessed volunteers and their dogs to visit the elderly in care and medical facilities or, uniquely to the North East, their own homes.
The charity launched in May 2016 and has almost 200 volunteers (“Visiting Wag Teams”) in action across the region; from Yarm up to Belford, across to Haltwhistle and everywhere in between.
The Wag Event will bring together many of the charity’s volunteers for the first time, and allow them to share their experiences and learn more about topics such as animal behavior,and the impact of loneliness on wellbeing.
Our Leader of The Pack, Charlotte Nichols, who joined Wag & Company’s board as PR and Marketing Director, said: “It’s an honour to be involved with this event as the charity is particularly close to my heart. I’m looking forward to meeting the amazing volunteers who are making such a difference.”
So far, Wag & Company has made over 20,000 friend visits and is touching over 1300 lives, but there is a huge need across the North East and many more volunteers are required. Thousands of elderly people describe themselves as lonely all or most of the time, many of whom have been dog owners and now badly miss friendship, and the company of a dog.
Wag & Company has ambitious plans to grow its volunteer numbers over the next two years, making loneliness less of an issue for older people in the North East.
For more information on Wag & Company and ways to support its work, see www.wagandcompany.co.uk