Our team at our recently opened Morpeth Branch were delighted to be able to further support the local community by donating materials to help the Morpeth Group, Riding for the Disabled Association build new stables.
The Morpeth Group RDA are a not-for-profit registered charity, who are dedicated to improving the lives of thousands of children and adults with both developmental and physical disabilities through horse and pony therapy.
The centre hosts over 300 riders per week and supported by over 50 volunteers, providing invaluable riding lessons to members of the local community with various different disabilities.
They currently have 11 ponies in use on a daily basis, all carefully chosen for their temperament, size and ability to work with disabled children and adults.
The RDA found themselves in a predicament when they had more ponies than stables and with the MET office predicting plummeting temperatures, some ponies may have had to spend their nights outside.
John Robinson, Sales Office Manager at our Morpeth branch said;
'As soon as we found out about the RDA Morpeth Group and the amazing work they do in our community, we knew we wanted to help and donate materials so that all of the ponies have their own stable. I was very honoured to be invited to spend the afternoon with the team and it was evident the passion and the devotion that each and every member of the team had for the participants of the sessions, the ponies and in the making a real difference. James Burrell are honoured to be able to support such a fantastic cause.'
Abby Boyle, Chairman of the Morpeth Group RDA, said: 'The riding sessions provide so many great benefits for our participants, not only does it improve their physical strength, it also offers them a sense of freedom, independence, allows them to make lifelong friends, learn life skills and develop their self-esteem and confidence. The list could go on! Our amazing ponies are fundamental to the work that we do and we are so grateful to James Burrell Builders Merchant for donating materials for the stables, the company is a fantastic addition to our local community.'
Baz was one of the beautiful horses in need of a new stable. He has been with the group for several years now, becoming a firm favourite due to his cheeky personality!
During his time with the Morpeth Group RDA he has taken part in the RDA National Championships with his partner Kaelin Fairgrieve, who is visually impaired. The team took away first place in the Junior Countryside Challenge.
We hope he is very happy in his new home!