Northern Ireland charity Rosie’s Trust, dedicated to helping cancer patients, terminally ill and older patients with a disability stay together with their pets, has announced that Q Radio presenter Ibe Sesay has been appointed as an ambassador.
The unique charity, founded in 2015 by former nurse Bronagh O’Neill, offers peace of mind and practical help for people and love, care and safety for pets. The team of over 200 highly-trained volunteers at Rosie’s Trust offer daily walks, play, feeding, grooming, vet visits and the administration of medication. They also care for the pets of beneficiaries in their own homes and help to rehome pets if their owners are no longer able to care for them.
Ibe Sesay said: “I am proud to have been asked to be the first ambassador for Rosie’s Trust. As an animal owner, and dog dad to Barney, I know the joy and unconditional love a pet can bring. When a person is going through cancer treatment or has a terminal illness and is unable to care for their cat or dog by themselves, it is vital that they get the help and support they need to ensure their companion pets can stay with them when they need them the most – and this is exactly what Rosie’s Trust is doing across Northern Ireland.
The work the charity is doing is just incredible. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting beneficiaries of the charity as well as members of staff and volunteers who are some of the most caring and considerate people you could meet. I’m looking forward to working closely with Rosie’s Trust to shine a light on everything they are doing. They provide free support 365 days a year and rely on donations from the public to offer their services – I’d encourage people to visit www.rosiestrust.org to find out more about this vital charity and consider donating to this great cause.”
Jayne McStay, Operations Manager of Rosie’s Trust said: “We are thrilled to welcome Ibe Sesay as an ambassador of Rosie’s Trust and we are excited to work with him to help increase awareness of the work we do. Pets can ease loneliness, reduce depression, stress and anxiety, and for so many, are their closet companion. Cancer patients, the terminally ill and older people with a disability who live alone are often faced with a stark choice: to refuse medical treatment or to give up their pets, who may be their sole source of emotional support - Rosie’s Trust prevents people from having to make that terrible choice. As a dog lover, Ibe understands the huge impact a pet can have on a person’s life, and the benefits they provide, particularly to those who are facing illness.”
For more information on Rosie’s Trust or to make a donation to support the charity’s vital services, go to www.rosiestrust.org