Beloved therapy dog Chester receives Rising Star Award from Therapy Dogs Nationwide

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is thrilled to announce that our cherished therapy dog, Chester, has been honoured with the prestigious Rising Star Award by Therapy Dogs Nationwide.

Therapy dog, Chester, with a yellow and black rosette. Owner Kay holds a trophy

This recognition comes as a testament to Chester’s unwavering dedication and invaluable contribution to our community.

Chester and his owner Kay have been an integral part of the Trust, bringing boundless joy, comfort, and companionship to those they encounter. Whether it’s putting a smile on the faces of patients across the hospital or offering solace to individuals in times of distress, Chester’s impact knows no bounds.

“We are incredibly proud of Chester and the meaningful difference he has made in the lives of so many,” said Helen Dobson, Chief Nurse at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. “His gentle spirit, unwavering compassion, and innate ability to connect with people make him a true ambassador for therapy dogs everywhere.”

Therapy Dogs Nationwide recognised Chester for his outstanding service and commitment to spreading positivity and love. The Rising Star Award is a testament to Chester’s exemplary efforts and his embodiment of the values of therapy and companionship.

“We are honoured to present Chester with the Rising Star Award,” said Eileen Slattery, Trustee and Chairman at Therapy Dogs Nationwide. “Chester and his owner Kay are prime examples of dedicated volunteers. They have gone above and beyond to visit and make people happy. It’s just so good to hear that they are appreciated, and we look forward to many more happy years with the team visiting Rotherham Hospital.”

Chester’s impact extends far beyond his role as a therapy dog; he is a beloved member of the Trust and has become a celebrity across the Trust's services. As we celebrate this well-deserved recognition, we look forward to many more years of sharing Chester’s love and compassion with our community.