A riding group, which supports Worcestershire pupils with multiple disabilities, has received a £1,000 donation from a regional house builder to help it continue its work.
Persimmon Homes South Midlands awarded the donation to Wyre Forest Riders RDA through its Building Futures scheme, which aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.
Wyre Forest Riders RDA provide therapeutic pony riding for children with multiple disabilities, physical, learning and communication who attend Wyre Forest Specialist School, in Kidderminster.
Spokeswoman Sue Beeson said: “The children come from across Worcestershire and the West Midlands and benefit greatly from their experience of riding and being around horses.
“We are all volunteers and this donation will help with our running costs, which includes hiring ponies and facilities for indoor riding, essential training for coaches, volunteers and trustees as well as specialist equipment, such as safety helmets and tack to support rider's needs.
“We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes South Midlands for its support, especially at this time when fundraising is difficult, and we are consolidating to make sure the service is available when the children can all return to school. We are always in need of extra volunteers, and hope more people will step forward to help us as life starts to return to normal.”
Amanda Rogers, head of sales at Persimmon Homes South Midlands, said: “We are so proud of the difference our Building Futures scheme can make and delighted to be able to support Wyre Forest Riders in this way.”
Building Futures will see £1million given away across Britain to regional charities, groups, sports clubs and schools to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.
In addition to hundreds of local donations of £1,000, 96 initiatives will go on to compete for top prizes of £100,000 through a national online public vote as part of the Building Futures scheme.
The overall winners will be named in October.
In each sector – education & arts, health and sport – as well as a £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.