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Yardley is Age UK Isle of Wight’s cutest volunteer and most Thursday mornings he can be found at Active Minds Social Club in Ryde, enjoying lots of fuss from the group members!

Yardley is a Pets As Therapy dog (PAT); he helps to enhance health and wellbeing in the community by attending weekly clubs, where members can spend time with, stroke, and make a fuss of the friendly Golden Labrador.

Christine has owned the retired guide dog for just over 2 years. With such a docile, friendly nature, Christine felt that Yardley still had so much to offer to others after his retirement, and signed him up for Pets As Therapy.

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As well as being a firm favourite in Ryde, he also goes along to a local retirement home for weekly visits, where the residents adore him.

Christine comments with pride:

“Yardley loves going along to the Active Minds group; everyone makes a fuss of him, he is made to feel very welcome and is much loved by the members and the other volunteers. The members often say to me that it makes such a positive difference having Yardley at the group”.

Yardley is such a firmly embedded member of the group, he even has his own Age UK IW Volunteer ID badge!

Unfortunately, the clubs are currently suspended during the coronavirus outbreak but Yardley can’t wait to meet all of his friends again in due course.

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What a beautiful dog.

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