STUDENTS from Brookfields School received a special gift from the John Sykes Foundation last week - a visit from a friendly therapy dog.

The visit was part of the John Sykes Foundation's Acts of Kindness Month, which took place in March.

The initiative celebrated the selfless acts performed quietly by the people of Reading, and to generally spread a little happiness.

Bali the Pets as Therapy dog was the final gift, and arrived at the school with his handler, Iona.

A class of students from Brookfields School, who require extra additional care, were nominated by a colleague.

She stated that the class is staffed by the most 'amazing ladies' who show so much love, fun and care to the children who unfortunately do not get out as much as other classes at the school in Tilehurst.

Sian McCoubrey, a volunteer of the foundation, said: "Bali's visit was overwhelmingly successful and made a huge difference to the children, who thoroughly enjoyed their contact with him, touching his fur and throwing toys for him to fetch.

"Bali interacted with the class beautifully and there were many smiling faces, children and adults alike!

"In fact, the visit was so successful that the John Sykes Foundation are working with Pets As Therapy and Brookfields School, to bring Bali, or one of the other therapy dogs, to the school on a monthly basis.

"We would very much like to thank Bali and Iona for their visit and making so many people happy."

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