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The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital has been celebrating Christmas with their patients and staff on Christmas Day for more than 40 years. Part of the celebrations is an annual Christmas Parade followed by a series of parties within the hospital, with Animals Asia’s Dr Dogs playing a large part in the festivities.
Animals Asia’s Dr Dogs, guardians, volunteers and staff setting up for the parade.
The hospital is a renowned centre for the treatment of paediatric orthopaedic problems such as scoliosis and spinal deformities, and also provides treatment for children with neurological developmental disorders including cerebral palsy. It is also the hospital where Jill Robinson began Animals Asia’s therapy programme, with the very first Dr Dog visit in 1991!
Dr Dogs heading towards the hospital entrance with the rest of the Christmas Parade.
This year Animals Asia had a total of 16 of our lovely Dr Dogs, accompanied by their guardians, attending the party in their once-a-year role as Santa Paws.
A happy Dr Bibi offering his own brand of therapy.
The party started early in the morning with a parade to the front entrance of the hospital, with our Santa Paws leading off, alongside the Harley Davidson Bikers , followed by the lovely “Little Angels”, with the Emergency Service Bikers bringing up the rear.
Dr Fat, Dr Choi and their guardian show off their skills to the audience.
In all, more than 100 people attended the party, including current and former patients, hospital staff and volunteers. Queenie Chung [鍾珮筠 ], aged just 15, has been a volunteer at hospital for a long time but had become a patient because of foot surgery this year. Holding Dr Bibi on her lap, Queenie wished all patients a Happy Christmas and said “I wish all patients can smile and be happy, get well and be out of hospital soon.”
Guardian Angela and Dr Coco being interviewed by local media.
After some Santa Paws therapy for the patients, the hospital staff arranged party games, followed by Christmas carols and music being played and of course, the giving of gifts by the many Santa Clauses on hand.
The event was featured on various Christmas Day news and HK ATV, RTHK, as well as in the Hong Kong press.
Click on the links below for HK media footage of the parade.