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HollyroodinvitedOwls Out and Aboutto showcase their beautiful birds to service users. Five different owls, all of which were hand reared and were very used to being stroked and handled, were given to service users to hold. The mother and son team who are private owl owners, with many years’ experience, take the birds to a number of events to help increase public awareness and raise money for good causes.

Service users were delighted and in awe of the magical creatures as they learnt all about their new friends. Rachel Priestley, Service Manager at Hollyrood, said: “I am so pleased that staff and service users are able to enjoy this treat, it makes a real difference to their day if they are able to do something out of the ordinary and this is definitely not ordinary. It gives everyone a chance to come together, learn and enjoy this wonderful experience. Not many of us are able to be this up close and personal to these beautiful animals."

This visit was only possible thanks to donations from the public. Fundraising Manager Hayley Wicker-Bradbury also commented: “It feels me with great pride and pleasure to be able to support service users in this way. Public support gives The Disabilities Trust the ability to make activities like this a regular option rather then a one off. We would like to thank everyone who makes a contribution."