Westerham firm gives financial boost to horse-riding group for disabled people

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By kentsussex | Friday, September 28, 2012, 12:51

A HORSE-RIDING group which supports disabled people has been given a £2,500 boost.

The Godstone group of the Riding for the Disabled Association, has until recently carried out its evening sessions in near-darkness.

Now it has been given a new lease of light – thanks to a boost from Westerham-based financial services firm St James' Place.

Verity Jones, the riding group's chairman, said: "The money will be used to improve the lighting for our evening classes.

The sessions take place at Tandridge Priory Riding Centre in Barrow Green Road, Oxted, and 20 riders come from special schools – 12 from Moor House School in Hurst Green, and 8 from Limpsfield Grange School – to attend the evening sessions. 

The age range of riders can vary from 14 up to 70, and many have varying degrees of learning difficulties, or may be partially sighted, or have epilepsy or autism.

Mrs Jones said: "Once a rider is confident with sitting on the horse and comfortable walking around the school with the assistance of helpers, many can progress towards achievement awards and tests. 

"And interaction with our volunteer helpers and instructors helps to add to the social skills of riders."

Anyone interested in volunteering or fundraising with the group should contact verityajones@hotmail.com

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