A COMMUNITY organisation came to the rescue recently after a riding school for the disabled became afloat after torrential downpours of rain. On Friday, October 25, and Saturday October 26, our area had its worst flooding for many years and Scropton Riding School for the Disabled was one of the organisations affected. All their paddocks were under water and road access was cut off. Fortunately the stables were on higher ground so the 28 horses and ponies were safe, but the school lost valuable revenue over the weekend.
The centre launched an appeal for money for fodder and bedding on social media which came to the notice of Uttoxeter Lions.
Scropton Riding School for the Disabled is one of the local charities this branch of the Lions regularly supports and so the organisation decided to help out.
Last Wednesday, October 30, Uttoxeter Lions president Rodger Rowland presented a cheque for £300 to Mark Hopwell of the School.
Rodger said: “One of the advantages of Lions is their ability to respond quickly to emergency situations big and small.
“We were happy to help out this good cause in their hour of need.”
Based in the village of Scropton, which is eight miles from Uttoxeter, Scropton Riding for the Disabled aims to provide the highest quality experience for everyone who comes to their centre, and to be at the leading edge of therapy through riding and driving.
Research shows that horse riding delivers physical benefits, boosts confidence, improves communication skills and helps to build relationships for people with disabilities.
A Lions spokesman added: “We have just had one of our biggest fund raising events, the annual bonfire and fireworks night.
“Supporting worthy charities like this, which provides riding opportunities for disabled people of all ages, is one of the reasons we run activities like this and we are grateful for the support of local people who, not only have a good evening out, but are supporting good causes at the same time.”
Anyone who wants to find out more about Uttoxeter Lions can visit their website at www.uttoxeterlions.co.uk or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uttoxeterlionsclub. Scropton Riding for the Disabled can be found on www.scropton.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ScroptonRDA.
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