Ponies and children pop in to Whiddon Beaudesert Star to mark Seniors Week

IN celebration of Seniors Week and the completion of the new 24-bed residential wing, residents at Whiddon Beaudesert Star enjoyed a pony party today.

Residents shared snacks in the courtyard in the company of 16 visiting students from Beaudesert State School as well as Buzz the Shetland pony and Bel the miniature pony.

The ponies were supplied thanks to building firm Woollam Constructions.

Woollam project manager Andrew Symons said the company always liked to engage with the community it served.

"We do a lot of jobs in regional areas including several projects for Whiddon, so we always like to do something for Seniors Week," he said.

"My mum and dad have brought Buzz and Bel here today from Gatton.

"It's lovely to see the looks on residents' faces when they see them."

Before morning tea was served in the courtyard at Whiddon Beaudesert Star, Mr Symons took Bel for a visit to the dementia wing to see the residents who may not be able to join the party outdoors.

Bel stopped to say hello to everyone in the ward, where it was hugs and kisses all round for the patient pony.

The children spent time with residents, playing board games and teaching them how to play video games.

Mr Symons said with the new wing now finished, work would begin on refurbishing the main kitchen area and improving the existing 40-bed facility.