Employees at a Lincolnshire solicitors were encouraged to bring their dog to work earlier this month to mark World Mental Health Day.
Chattertons Solicitors & Wealth Management, which has eight branches across the UK, offered employees the opportunity to bring their four-legged friends into the office to promote a more relaxed, productive and enjoyable environment.
Amy Urquhart, Financial Services Paraplanner, was accompanied by her spaniel, Daniel, and Claire Dolby, Senior Legal Assistance, brought in her new puppy, a working Cocker Spaniel called Ernie.
Edward Conway, Chief Executive Officer, said, “The benefits of having a dog are well known, they improve health, reduce stress and stave off depression. This year mental health charity MIND is our chosen charity of the year. World Mental Health Day provided the perfect opportunity to combine the benefits of owning a dog and the positive effects it can have on mental wellbeing.
“Judging by the laughs and giggles coming from staff it is fair to say that the day was a big hit.”
At their Boston office, para legal Gemma Baumber’s Pug/Shih Tzu cross, Lady, helped to provide a feel-good atmosphere. Meanwhile, Bailey joined the team at the Spalding office where owner Laura Collins, a conveyancing executive, organised a rota for walking duty.
Over at their Newark office, Kerrie Beardsall, Legal Support Assistance introduced her yellow Labrador Thor to the team, and law firm partner, Roly Freeman, brought along his English Springer Spaniel ‘Prince Hector the Magnificent’.
Jazz the Springer Spaniel joined Melissa Thompson at their Lincoln office, and Rosie, the Patterdale/Lakeland Terrier, cross accompanied owner Pam Goodrich at the Grantham office.
Edward added, “The Spalding office also held its third monthly lunch club. Tracey and Andrew Dawson cooked a lovely vegetable stew with ham and fresh crusty bread also on offer for those that wanted it. This was followed up by a bred and butter pudding. Bailey made a good job of hoovering up any of the crumbs that were dropped.”