Support for West Pinchbeck stables

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The UK’s only horse riding centre for deafblind people at West Pinchbeck has been given a ‘leg-up’.

Sense, which supports people with sensory impairments and complex needs, has been given £2,000 from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation.

The money means Sense can buy a new horse training pen for the stables.

As well as allowing deafblind people to experience riding a horse, the centre also gives people a chance to have a go at grooming, learn about animal care and undertake administration tasks to learn basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Sense Stables manager Alison Garner said: “We received news of this donation on Christmas Day and it was the best present ever. The money will provide us with a fantastic round pen.”

Alison said that horse riding gives tremendous pleasure to the participants as well as bringing physical benefits.

She added: “It also provides them with a sense of empowerment which is vital in developing self-confidence. We’d like to thank Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for their ongoing support.”

The charity was nominated by staff at the Commercial Lending Department based at Norwich & Peterborough (N&P) Building Society’s head office in Lynch Wood, which is part of Yorkshire Building Society.

Last year a group of seven colleagues volunteered at the Sense Stables, helping to clear the footpaths leading up to the paddocks so that wheelchair users could have easier access.

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

Anna McQueen, commercial lending review officer at N&P Building Society, said: “The Sense Stables is a fantastic facility and unique in the UK. Volunteering at the centre last year was a wonderful and humbling experience.

“We hope this new horse training pen will be a great asset to the centre and help more deafblind people enjoy the therapeutic benefits and fun of horse riding.”

Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation is funded through Small Change Big Difference®.