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She's known as Amazing Maisie, the newest staff member at the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice

10 May 2017

Maisie has joined the team as a comfort dog to help young patients

Meet Maisie, the very special miniature Labradoodle dog.

The gorgeous little pup is embarking on a very big adventure as a comfort dog, working - and playing - at the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

Grace Stewart, Head of Clinical Services, came up with the idea for a pooch when she was in England.

She said: “I was visiting another children’s hospice when I came across their use of a therapy dog and its value to the children and their families was obvious.

“Maisie was sourced from a reputable breeder and her name was decided by the public.

“She is still very young and now she is going through training to become a permanent resident of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice.

“Maisie will be supported by a hospice corporate partner - HMC Global - who will look after the costs associated with her including insurance thanks to a £500 donation every year which is separate to other fundraising initiatives it runs for NICH.

Declan Barry at HMC Global said: “HMC Global is a committed supporter of the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice, and has had the privilege of raising funds and awareness on its behalf over the last number of years.

“When we learned of this exciting opportunity to support this addition to the hospice family, we simply had to get involved to make it happen.

“Our company is built upon creating real positive change for our clients and we are excited to see the positive benefits the new arrival will bring to Horizon House and the children it cares for. We just hope we are allowed to come play with her too.”

A private donor also boosted the fido fund by £200 for essential start-up costs including dog food and bedding. And Maisie’s training is being provided free of charge.