Lions Help Disabled Riders
By gbnailsea | Sunday, January 26, 2014, 13:08
Nailsea Lions have helped disabled youngsters to enjoy horses and riding.
Lion President Pam Hunt with one of the young riders
Lion President Pam with Rita Lewis, of the RDA, and helper Sarah Lefanu
Following a highly successful barn dance, which raised over £300, the generous Lions have presented the Winford and Claverham Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association with 3 much needed specialist riding helmets and other equipment. In thanking the Lions, Rita Lewis, of the Association, said the new helmets would allow more, very-young children enjoy the weekly riding sessions. After watching the children riding, and sometimes galloping, Lion President PM Hunt, said how pleased the Lions were to support a group which does so much to enrich the lives of disabled children.
Riding, and contact with horses and ponies, gives disabled children a sense of achievement and increases their self-confidence, as well as giving them great pleasure. Each week the Group, which was formed in 1981, runs two sessions which can accommodate up to 7 children in each session, with different schools sending children each term. The horses and ponies are provided by the Claverham Riding Centre, and the children are assisted by a team of 15 volunteers.