Middleton Park Equestrian Centre is a Riding for the Disabled centre based on the edge of Middleton Park. The centre provides therapy to people with physical and mental disabilities, schools and children that struggle with day to day life. In normal times they have over 250 riders and carriage drivers using the centre each week.
The centre is a big part of the lives of its users and to some the only outside activity they do. One rider commented:
“The weekly lessons are more than just riding, it’s getting out of a wheelchair and moving which helps with fitness and reduces pain in my joints – it’s physiotherapy without realising it, mental wellbeing and most of all … happiness which I miss tremendously.
“Charlie here is ramp trained and used to wheelchairs, he carriage drives which I’m keen to try and he’s also being hoist trained so will be able to help many more adults and children in the future.
“I cannot praise them enough for the work they do, I could talk forever about the RDA and feel very lucky to be involved with this charitable organisation. But now more than ever we need your support.”
Now the centre is on lockdown and has no income coming in, but still has the upkeep and welfare of the horses to pay for. They are appealing for donations towards these costs in these very worrying times.
This post was written by Anna Burke
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