Alpacas bring festive cheer to St Wilfrid’s Hospice

Chichester Observer   
By: Harry Cheesewright
Photo: By Chris Jackson/Getty Images 
Photo Caption: The alpacas were a big hit at the hospice.

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Two festive alpacas brought Christmas cheer to the patients and staff of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

Bruce and Peta Ives, who run Dunreyth Alpaca’s in Funtington, have taken their animals to nursing, care and residential homes over the festive period for the last 12 years.

After two St Wilfrid’s nurses helped organise the visit, Peta brought round the reindeer-dressed alpacas Baron and Jupiter to the delight of the patients.

Peta, a former nurse, explained it was the first year they had visited a hospice at Christmas and that they received a ‘phenomenal reception’.

She said: “They absolutely love it, I’m not sure who loves it more, the staff or the patients.

“We walked into the day room and it was chock-a-block.

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