THE Henley Carol Singers raised £2,350 for charity with 10 performances at dinners and parties in and around Henley in
THE Henley Carol Singers raised £2,350 for charity with 10 performances at dinners and parties in and around Henley in December.
The group of friends, who are all members of local church choirs or the Henley Choral Society, have been singing together at Christmas-time for the last 16 years and each year choose to collect for a local charity.
This year, inspired by the achievements of the Paralympians last summer, they decided to support Wyfold Riding for the Disabled, an independent charity that provides horse riding or carriage driving facilities for people with physical or mental disabilities.
Founded more than 40 years ago, the charity moved into its 13-acre facility in 1998, provided as a condition of Borocourt Hospital being redeveloped for housing. Today, 88 volunteers help during 13 sessions each week, ensuring that each rider is accompanied by two or three helpers or sidewalkers.
Clients are usually referred by a medical practitioner and their individually assessed riding programmes are supported by the group’s own physiotherapist to enable them to gain self-confidence, independence and improved balance.
The charity receives no fees, state aid or other funding and needs to raise more than £40,000 each year to pay for running costs including feed, vets’ bills and horseshoes. This year, it also needs to resurface its vital all-weather arena.
Adrienne Heriot, from the charity, congratulated the singers on the “absolutely fantastic” result and thanked them for their support.
To make a donation, volunteer or for more information, call 0845 450 7017 or visit www.wyfoldrda.org.uk