Giving disabled kids the chance to ride

Buy a block campaign for the Shacks Barn and Buckingham Riding for the Disabled Associaton.
Buy a block campaign for the Shacks Barn and Buckingham Riding for the Disabled Associaton.
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A HORSE riding school for disabled children is offering people the chance to be a permanent part of its future after launching a £30,000 buy a block campaign.

In 1977 the Buckingham branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association was started at the stables in Stowe run by Mary and Theodore Connor. Since then it has grown, moving to various stables across north Bucks and south Northants, and is currently using the Greenacres Livery Stables at Puxley near Deanshanger.

But when a small group starting meeting at Shacks Barn in Silverstone the members asked if they could be a branch of the Buckingham RDA.

They have now launched a £30,000 fundraising drive to build a covered facility so that disabled children can learn in an safe and comfortable environment.

They currently have 32 children in the association who are helped by 52 volunteers.

Fundraiser Jude Wait said the school provides physical and mental therapy, while the children get to met up with friends building social skills, as well learning horsemanship.

Mrs Wait added: “We’ve got to try and raise £30,000 to provide a covered area so that our children can ride in all weathers and so we can also offer exercise for the children and focus on basic horsemanship.”

She added: “It is difficult for disabled children to access a lot of other sports, so it is amazing to see their confidence grow and see them fulfil their potential, especially when you see someone who has never ridden before learn to ride independently.”

The fundraising appeal was also chosen by Waitrose workers in Brackley to be a recipient of the community matters scheme. Each month shoppers use green tokens to say how they think the store’s £1,000 monthly community donation should be split between three causes.

The store’s deputy manager said the tokens are usually evenly spread, but in May 50 per cent of the tokens went to the riding school, resulting in a £502 donation.

To find out more to call 0845 2415388 or follow the link from www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk.