Building Society volunteers help transform West Pinchbeck stables for deafblind riders

N&P volunteers at the Sense stables. ANL-151028-123550001
N&P volunteers at the Sense stables. ANL-151028-123550001
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Volunteers from the Norwich and Peterborough (N&P) Building Society have helped clean up special stables for deafblind people.

The stables, run by charity Sense, offer the opportunity for children and adults with sight and hearing impairments and additional disabilities to enjoy horse riding and experience the benefits that being around horses can bring.

N&P volunteers at the Sense stables. ANL-151028-123529001

N&P volunteers at the Sense stables. ANL-151028-123529001

Set in 17 acres of beautiful farm land in West Pinchbeck, the stables were opened in 2013 by Princess Anne, the charity’s patron.

Every aspect of stable life has been adapted so that it’s 
accessible to deafblind people – from horse riding and animal care to stables maintenance and grooming.

Seven N&P Building Society volunteers joined stables workers last weekend to help clear the footpaths leading up to the paddocks so that wheelchair users can have easier access.

They also tidied up the arena and helped transform the petting zoo.

Anna McQueen, commercial lending review officer at N&P, said: “It was a privilege to be able to be a small part of the wonderful work Sense do for deafblind people and their families.

“We all felt so humbled at the heart-warming stories people tell about how their lives have been touched by Sense.

“At N&P Building Society we are committed to our local communities and volunteering is one of the ways we can give something back.

“It was great to see what a difference we had made at the end of the day.”

Sue Piper, head of corporate fundraising at Sense, said: “We are extremely grateful to the volunteers for their hard work and generous support.

“Initiatives like these help us continue the therapeutic work we do at the stables, supporting deafblind people live active and full lives.

“We hope that more volunteers from the local community will get behind this life-changing project.”

l For more information on how to get involved with Sense please go to: www.sense.org.uk/content/ways-help-stables

Previously...

£4,500 for Sense stables
Pony club plans are galloping
Riding centre for deafblind
Students are ready to ride but helpers are still needed