Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Fireworks display raises £1,000 for disabled riding group

A CHEQUE for £1,000 has been presented to the Henley Riding for the Disabled group.

A CHEQUE for £1,000 has been presented to the Henley Riding for the Disabled group.

The money was some of the proceeds from the Henley Summer Fireworks held in July.

Billy Pinches, president of the event, said: “Riding for the Disabled is a charity close to my heart, so I was thrilled to be able to present this much-deserved cheque to them. Coming from a riding background, I can completely understand the connection between the horse and rider and the benefits it has.” 

The Henley group was founded in 1975. It teaches teenagers on The Henley College Pathways programme and special needs children from Stoke Row Primary School every Wednesday in term time.  

Riding is a therapy for these children and they gain confidence and improved balance as well as a sense of achievement.  



The charity hires ponies from Checkendon Equestrian Centre, which does not charge, so no child is excluded by cost. Mr Pinches added: “They also provide hard riding hats and other riding equipment so fund-raising is essential to keep the group running.

“The volunteers that help are incredible and they go above and beyond to make sure everything runs smoothly and everyone gets the most out of their time.”



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