Easter fun at children’s hospice

PC Dave Palmer and his horse Pendle with Summer Atkinson at Brian House childrens hospital
PC Dave Palmer and his horse Pendle with Summer Atkinson at Brian House childrens hospital
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THERE were no long faces at the Fylde coast children’s hospice yesterday thanks to an early Easter delivery.

Children at Brian House Children’s Hospice were egg-static after mounted police officers and their horses – Silverdale and Pendle – paid a special visit.

There were smiles all around as officers handed out Easter eggs to children and their families who use the centre on Low Moor Road in Bispham.

Lorraine Cundy, clinical manager at the hospice, said: “The children were really excited. They loved it.

“The horses rode around the garden where the children could pat them. Because many of the children have complex needs, it’s sometimes difficult for them to go to places where they can meet animals.

“They love events like this. The officers were talking to the families and handing out Easter eggs and gifts, it was really nice.”

The hospice coincided the event with an open day which allowed local parents who use the centre’s services to pop by for advice or support.

Mrs Cundy added: “It’s good for parents to get together and have a chat while the children are playing. It’s nice for them to drop by and talk any problems through with our staff.”

Brian House and Trinity Hospice are two of the charities supported by officers and staff in Western division as part of their annual fundraising activities.

Insp David Old, from Blackpool Police, said: “We are proud to support Brian House and were pleased to have been invited to help with their Easter egg deliveries.

“We’ve previously taken police dogs along to the deliveries, but this year we were joined by the police horses instead – the children are always really excited to meet our four-legged colleagues.”