Two dogs steal the show at awards ceremony

Golden Retriever Leo cheers up baby Tyler Stickland Credit: Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Two pet dogs stole the show at an awards ceremony for volunteers at Southampton’s teaching hospitals.

Golden retriever Leo and border collie Heti were among more than 250 volunteers honoured for their service to University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

The pair, along with their owners Lyndsey Uglow and Sue Cole, were recognised for helping to improve patients’ hospital experiences through weekly ward visits as part of the Pets as Therapy (PAT) programme.

Leo, who receives more requests for visits than any other volunteer, received a special award – consisting of a certificate in the shape of a bone – for a year which saw him nominated for national PAT dog of the year.

Heti picked up a bone certificate to mark her first voluntary service awards ceremony as the hospital trust’s most recent PAT dog recruit.

Members of many organisations within UHS, such as the League of Friends, Radio Lollipop, Talking Echo and Southampton Hospital Radio, as well as those who carry out a variety of support roles, attended the event.