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12th Aug, 2022

Penguins surprise Myton Hospice patient with a visit

PENGUINS visited Myton Hospice recently to fulfill one of its patients last wishes.

Pringle and Widget from Heythrop Zoo came to see 35-year-old Jenny Hancock at the hospice in Warwick last week as a special surprise.

Penguins are Jenny’s favourite animal and she had mentioned she would love to meet them when she drew up a list of experiences she would like to enjoy before she dies.

Myton Hospice’s team worked alongside Jenny’s family to hatch a plan and managed to secretly rustle the penguins into the hospice without Jenny knowing.

The other patients were also able to say hello to the Humboldt penguins, which originally come from South America. But this pair happily live in a specially constructed enclosure at Heythrop Zoo complete with their own swimming pool, pebbled beach and house, when they are not out visiting.

The day was topped off with a penguin-themed picnic.

Ruth Freeman, CEO for The Myton Hospices, said: “We are delighted to have been able to make this possible for Jenny, along with her family and Heythrop Zoo. Our team always goes the extra mile to help patients and families create precious memories, and last week I couldn’t have been prouder to work with such caring and dedicated individuals. I would like to say a big thank you to them and to Heythrop Zoo.”

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