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Our Compliance Division has donated £1,000 to Riding for the Disabled, Abingdon Group

By Jake Kirk • Thursday 30th May 2019

Our compliance division met up with Ann, the charities chair and Alice who was leading a riding lesson, to present the £1,000 donation and to see first-hand the tremendous work undertaken by the charity.

Abingdon Riding for Disabled was founded in 1975 and dispenses a unique therapy to over 84 children and adults who enjoy the experience of riding, along with the opportunity to join in social activities, competitions and go on national holidays.  Together they bring a new dimension to restricted lives, improving the independence, confidence and general wellbeing of each individual.

It is all made possible thanks to over 140 volunteers who regularly give up their time and energy to ensure that the Group provides riding therapy throughout the year.  The charity caters for many diverse disabilities, including learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and a variety of syndromes.

The Centre is a place of great achievement, where new friendships are made, confidence gained and where medical conditions are often improved.

The charity needs £100,000 per year to fund its operating costs and is also currently fund raising for a new full size indoor school, needing an additional £65,000 for this project alone.  This will provide a safe environment in all weathers and will enable them to take on more riders.  Furthermore, blind riders will then be able to compete having practiced their dressage skills in a school that is of competition size.  In addition, the more able riders will also be able to test out their skills at a faster pace.

Managing Partner of our compliance division, Andy Fay, said:

“What stood out from our visit was how much the children enjoyed the centre and benefited from the whole experience.  They just smiled non-stop, start-to-finish.

Abingdon Riding for Disabled is a fantastic charity which we are proud to support and we hope our donation will help them carry on the amazing work they do in supporting the community.”