Therapet Awards 2016

Therapets and Therapet Volunteers from all over Scotland gathered at the Kaim Park Hotel in Bathgate on 20th November for the annual Canine Concern Scotland Trust Therapet of the Year Dinner and Awards Ceremony, Sponsored by Burns Pet Nutrition.

1Megan, a ten year old rescue greyhound, who volunteers with Linda Whitby if Irvine was given the Spencer Award as Therapet of the Year 2016.  Megan and Linda regularly visit hospitals and care homes in Ayrshire, participate in the Reading with Dogs programme in schools, help people overcome their fear of dogs and often visit community groups together to promote the Therapet programme.

Joint First Runners Up for Therapet of the year were Dylan and Anne-Marie Campbell and Scruffy and Elspeth Jenkins, both of Stirlingshire for their work volunteering in Bannockburn Primary for Reading With Dogs, involvement in Paws Against Stress and promoting Therapet volunteering at community events. Second Runner Up was Breagh and Dianne Wood from Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, for their involvement in Reading with Dogs, work with dog-phobic children and involvement in Paws Against Stress.

Maureen Thomson of Moray was winner of the Area Representative of the Year award.  Having joined as a therapet volunteer in 1997, she has served as area representative since 2002, supporting and encouraging volunteers in the area and supporting fundraising and promotion of Therapets in the region.

Megan - winner of the Spencer Award for Therapet of the Year 2016
Megan – winner of the Spencer Award for Therapet of the Year 2016

The Iain Whyte Memorial Award, for a person or organisation whose work has been of special benefit to CCST, was awarded to Douglas Ruthven, Area Representative for Edinbugh and the Lothians for 16 years.  He recently stepped down from the role, having demonstrated dedication in supporting volunteers, arranging placements in hospitals, care and nursing homes and serving as a Trustee for CCST.  In 2012, he initiated the Paws Against Stress programme in conjunction with University of Edinburgh Student Counselling Service, enabling students to benefit from contact with a Therapet during exam time.  The project has expanded all over Scotland with more than 5000 students benefiting in 2015.  Douglas will remain on the Trustee Board and as a Therapet Volunteer.

Vivien Moen, Area Representative for Badenoch and Strathspey, was again winner if the Ki-Shu-Asha Stars of Hope Memorial Trophy for organising the therapet walk raising the most money.  This year, her walk raised £772.

Both Anne MacDonald of Barrhead in Glasgow and Irene Taylor of Lunan Bay, Angus, received recognition for 20 years service as Therapet Volunteers.

Recognition was given to other entrants for the Therapet of the Year awards including Bob and Dawn Clough, Coire and Tom Lawson, Harvey and Derek Muir, Kyla and Hilda Stephenson, Lucy and Cree and Kay Matthews, Noodle and Amy McKenzie, Sandy and Jane Jones, Scooby and Barbara MacLure, Shadow and Bryan Robertson, Thai and David Neill and Wilson and Laura Budge.

Further information on the awards and the work of Canine Concern Scotland Trust can be found on the CCST website.

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