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Celebrity Chef new patron for PAT

James and Fudge

Pets As Therapy is delighted to announce that Celebrity Chef James Martin is to become the Patron of the Pets As Therapy Junior Club.

James is the owner of a 7 month old Clumber Spaniel called Fudge and is very aware of the value of canine companionship.

James and Fudge attended Crufts this year where James was introduced to the valuable work of Pets as Therapy and also the work being done in the community by the young members of the Junior Club. Whilst the Charity Pets As Therapy celebrate their 21st birthday this year the Junior Club celebrated its 1st birthday at Crufts. It was formed for young people wishing to help the work of the Pets As Therapy Charity. They do so in many ways.

Some youngsters go on ‘buddied’ visits to Hospitals, Hospices, Residential Homes, Day Care Centres and Special Needs Schools, always accompanied by a registered Pets As Therapy volunteer and PAT dog. Some help at events and shows or by ‘spreading the word’ by giving talks to schools, Cubs and other youth groups. Some Junior members like to become involved in Fund Raising or by collecting unwanted mobiles and printer cartridges for the Pets As Therapy re-cycling scheme.

Over 200,000 patients every single week benefit from the work of Pets As Therapy.
"The youngsters of the Pets As Therapy Junior Club are very excited about James Martin becoming their Patron" said Maureen Hennis Pets As Therapy Director.

James is very well known for his television appearances on Ready Steady Cook, Housecall, Kitchen Invaders, Good Food Live and many more.

James’ Father ran the catering side of Castle Howard, and he was brought up in Yorkshire. His interest in cooking started when he was 5 and at the age of 12 he was able to say that he had cooked for the Queen Mother at Castle Howard!

"James has travelled the world in a professional capacity and I am sure he is someone the youngsters of the Pets As Therapy Junior Club will look up to".

James Martin is delighted with his new appointment and says "As a dog owner myself I know how it can change your life, and it’s a pleasure to be associated with Pets As Therapy. Their work in and out of hospitals is vital for the rehabilitation of people of all ages and gives them not only something else to think about, but also something to look forward too and has my full support."

Anyone interested in the Pets As Therapy Junior club should send a stamped self addressed envelope marked Junior Information to – Pets As Therapy Northern Office, P.O. Box 11, Stanley, Co. Durham. DH9 7YZ.