Brotherly love helps West Pinchbeck deafblind riding stables

Julie Garner, Mark Garner and stables manager Alison Garner (no relation) ANL-160605-144146001
Julie Garner, Mark Garner and stables manager Alison Garner (no relation) ANL-160605-144146001
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A company director inspired by the way a West Pinchbeck riding centre has benefited his deaf and partially sighted sister has made a generous donation to the charity.

Sense, the national deafblind charity, has received a generous £15,000 donation from Mark Garner of Garner Homes Investments towards its specialist centre in Dozens Bank.

The Sense Riding Centre, which will receive the funds over the course of three years, provides deafblind people with the opportunity to enjoy horse riding and working with horses, which has significant physical, emotional and developmental benefits.

The money fromMr Garner will go towards maintaining the charity’s monthly pony club, which his business helped launch in 2014.

Mark’s sister Julie is deaf and with limited sight and has been attending the stables for four years.

Mark was inspired to support Sense when he witnessed the benefits his sister received from visiting the centre.

He said: “The centre gave Julie a great sense of freedom and independence. I hope that more people who have complex needs are able to benefit from visiting the centre, and it enables them to lead a more varied life.”

Stables manager Alison Garner (no relation), said: “We’re incredibly grateful to Mark and Garner Homes. Donations like these help more deafblind people to enjoy the benefits that being around horses can bring.”

• The Sense Riding Centre is the only stables in the UK entirely adapted to the needs of deafblind people so that they can enjoy horse riding and participate in all aspects of horse care and yard work.

The centre is funded entirely by donations and support from volunteers. To find out more visit www.sense.org.uk/content/sense-stables