Glittering event in store for ‘therapet’ Ben

Ben in his Therapet uniform
Ben in his Therapet uniform

An Oldmeldrum Golden Retriever nominated for a RBS Scotland Real Heroes award will find out next Tuesday if he has been successful.

RBS-Finding Scotland’s Real Heroes: The Awards will air on STV at 8pm next Tuesday, October 14 , with the star studded event being hosted by Carol Smillie, recognising local champions from across Scotland.

The hour long programme will see a total of 11 awards handed out by famous faces, including Nicholas McDonald of The X Factor, actor Bill Paterson, actor Clare Grogan and Taggart star Alex Norton, to Scots who have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of people in their local area.

And as was previously reported in the Herald and Times, Oldmeldrum based “Therapet” Ben has been nominated in the Hero Animal of the Year category.

Ben lives in Oldmeldrum with Alison and Alan Mundie has been a regular visitor to the acute stroke ward at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Ben was a pioneer in the “Therapet” field, the first to be registered at ARI, where he has since been joined by 10 other dogs.

These days Ben has cut back his visits, but has passed the baton to little brother Kobe, but staff at ARI still describe Ben as a “wonderful asset.

Ben has already been featured on television and has his own Facebook page (Ben Mundie) so he is sure to take the awards ceremony in his stride.

A winner from each category will be revealed in STV’s programme on Tuesday, October 14, then one extraordinary hero, selected from the final category winners, will collect the RBS Scotland’s Real Hero of the Year Award.

Ben is nominated in the Hero Animal of the Year category alongside Barra a K9 Search and Recovery dog and Sid a Riding for the Disabled horse.