Appeal launched to help CPFT therapy dog – super Stan

Colleagues aiming to raise £4,000 for dog who works with young people and their families

Appeal launched to help CPFT therapy dog – super Stan
24 October 2018

As an unsung hero of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Stan has helped scores of young people.

For the last seven years, he’s been working as a therapy dog for the Trust’s CASUS service which supports teenagers overcome substance misuse and mental health problems.

But after Stan was diagnosed with cancer for the second time in a year, staff at CPFT have launched an appeal to raise £4,000 towards his chemotherapy treatment.

Owner Bernie Constable, senior substance misuse nurse with CASUS, said: “I’ve been overwhelmed by the reaction from my colleagues and from friends since Stan’s cancer came back.

“He was first diagnosed with lymphoma in December last year after a lump appeared in his neck. He was treated over Christmas and all went well. Sadly it returned in August, but insurance wouldn’t cover the costs of his treatment because it’s the second time in a year.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do but my colleague, Eddi Paul, started an appeal to raise £4,000 to cover the cost of his chemotherapy. It’s already raised £2,000 and that’s just amazing – I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Bernie and 14-year-old lurcher Stan – who was originally a rescue dog - have worked together for the last seven years. As a therapy dog, he is trained to provide comfort to the young people, and their families, who Bernie works with. He accompanies Bernie on visit to schools in Cambridgeshire when she speaks to pupils about the dangers of substance misuse.

Many of the young people Bernie works with can be anxious, and Stan’s placid nature helps calm them. Other children may be socially anxious and not want to leave their homes, but being encouraged to take Stan for a walk has often provided a big breakthrough in their therapy.

Bernie said: “Stan has done so much for the young people and their families who I work with. He’s brought so much joy to me and is just such a faithful companion that it’s the least I can do to ensure he has a few more years yet.”

Bernie’s colleague Eddi, deputy head of nursing for the Trust’s adult and specialist mental health directorate, who began the appeal, said: “Stan is just such a lovely dog and he and Bernie do such incredible work.

“The response to the appeal has been really wonderful, and it’s meant he’s now halfway through four round of chemotherapy. We hope people can continue to help us hit the target of £4,000 so he can fully complete the treatment.”

To donate to Stan’s appeal visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stanthedogschemo?utm_id=1&utm_term=D4EjYaRp9

CPFT provides community health services for older people and those with long-term conditions, and mental health services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


For more information please contact:

Andy Burrows
Media Manager
E andy.burrows@cpft.nhs.uk
T 01223 219467

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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