Wood Group has donated over £2,000 to the Gordon branch of Riding for the Disabled Association towards the cost of a new pony.
Emma Cheyne, a project controls manager with Wood Group PSN said, “Riding for the Disabled Gordon branch provides therapy for approximately 80 riders per week, with ages ranging from 5 to 50. Due to the wide range of the people they support, the group needs around 7- 8 ponies to accommodate the variety of heights and weights. With the recent retirement of some ponies, the group needed another and had been lucky enough to be loaned a Norwegian Fjord pony called Anton. The group wanted to buy him but were struggling to meet the costs.”
After learning about the cause, Wood Group PSN’s Andrew project team successfully raised over £1,000 through various fundraising events in 2014 and the Wood Group Employee Community Fund further increased this by £1,000. Members of the Andrew project team also enjoyed a visit to the charity to meet Anton, and were able to assist by repainting the riding arena at the Keithhall base.
Jenny Steele from Riding with the Disabled said, “We are delighted with the support we’ve had from Wood Group, which allowed us to purchase Anton, and we are really pleased with how he is getting on with our riders. The therapy gives the rider significant benefits, the warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and co-ordination. It also offers people the chance to regain mobility and a sense of achievement.”
The group is currently seeking further assistance during weekday sessions. Please contact 07773 184030 if you can help.