There was plenty of horsing around at a Sanctuary Care home in Malvern when a tiny four-legged friend trotted along for a visit.
The 10-year-old, who is renowned for her laid back nature, even took the lift as she moved around the home and enjoyed the attention of the residents.
Manager at Hastings, which provides residential care and dementia care, Sue Milward said: “Our residents absolutely loved Fern’s visit – their faces just lit up when they saw her and the joy they got from just spending time with her was wonderful to watch.
“The ponies from The Phoenix Children’s Foundation have been here before and our residents always talk about their visits for days to come. They go everywhere in the home, even into people’s bedrooms and are always so beautifully behaved.
“Stroking animals is so therapeutic, especially for people living with dementia - I am absolutely potty about pet therapy and would welcome Fern back any time.”
Resident Molly Williams, aged 89 said: “The pony was lovely, it was wonderful to see her.”
Fellow resident Hilda Preston, 91 added: “I watched Fern eating the grass out in the garden. I loved it.”
The Phoenix Children’s Foundation was established in 2006 to raise funds to provide vital equipment and therapeutic activities for disabled and severely ill children.
The Leicestershire-based charity, which relies entirely on public donations, supports children with their physical and mental development to enhance the quality of their lives.
Fern and her friends are primarily used as petting ponies to spread the work about the charity and regularly visit schools, hospices and care homes.