Dr Nick King is a man on a mission. Having seen the healing power of animals at close quarters, he understands the crucial role they play in people’s lives.
This Chippy psychologist has now launched the not-for-profit charity 4 Paws for People – designed to raise funds for groups promoting the unique relationship between people and animals.
Veteran actress and animal rights champion, Joanna Lumley, has thrown her support behind the new venture.
And, through 4 Paws for People, carers are already using companion animals in their support work with the elderly, those living with dementia and psychiatric inpatients.
Now he’s asking Chipping Norton residents and businesses to step up and help him support and develop the charity’s significant work – either through donations or a range of fundraising events and activities.
Maybe there are other people out there keen to bring companion animals to local people in need of support? If so, reach out! Who knows what might happen if we put our heads together?
How it all started
As founder and director of 4 Paws for People, Nick is the driving force behind this innovative charity venture.
He is well schooled in his field, having worked as an NHS Principal Clinical Psychologist for more than 20 years. Nick currently works with people experiencing anxiety and depression.
In Nick’s own words:
“My background, academic and professional qualifications and current work is in clinical psychology. My passion outside of work, is animals. My professional and personal interests came together and inspired me to start up ‘4 Paws for People’.
“My passion, having owned smaller animals as a child, dogs for many years as an adult and more recently, alpacas, gave rise to my interest in the importance of the relationship between people and animals and how they can be so essential in maintaining and improving wellbeing, in many different ways.
“This, coupled with my professional understanding of human distress and relief of distress, made me consider how I could help bring these two areas together.”
Nick has seen first-hand how the therapeutic human-animal bond can help those experiencing:
- Learning difficulties.
- Physical impairment and intellectual disability.
- Mental health problems.
- Loneliness, stress and despair.
Your help would be hugely appreciated. As Nick says, Chippy residents can offer support by:
- Donating funds (visit the website for details).
- Offering to fundraise or organise local fundraising events on our behalf.
Local businesses can support us by:
- Becoming one of our Platinum supporters.
- Donating funds.
- Donating products or gift tokens for products or services.
In return, businesses can:
- Publicize their support of 4 Paws for People.
- Visit the groups and charities benefitting from their donation.
- Have a charity trustee or spokesperson attend company meetings.
- Receive regular updates on their sponsorship.
- Receive publicity on the 4 Paws for People website, newsletter and social media.
- Be named as a founder platinum member in awards submission.
Supporting good causes
4 Paws for People’s principle goal is to raise funds for organisations and charities working for both public and animal benefits across the UK.
This includes groups that:
- Promote positive relationships and wellbeing through interactions between people and animals.
- Provide facilities and services enabling people with special learning needs, physical disabilities, mental health problems (and any other psychological, functional or learning difficulty or need) to benefit from being with or around animals, or caring for them.
- Promote animal welfare.
- Undertake specific development projects to enhance wellbeing through human-animal interactions.
- Offer therapeutic interventions between animals and people.
Contact Nick if you’d like to know more about 4 Paws for People.