Charity steps in to provide new helmets for disabled horse riders

A charity has stepped in to provide new hats for a group of disabled riders.

Money for the hats was donated to the Richmond & Catterick Group Riding for the Disabled, based at Catterick Garrison Saddle Club, by the Paul Curran Celebration Trust.

Previously, hats were shared between the children, with the helmets often having to be stuffed to fit correctly.

Six permanent young riders also needed to have their own riding hats that they could bring each week.

The Paul Curran Celebration Trust was set up after the death of Paul in 2002 by his parents Linda and Martin Curran to help children and young people with disabilities.

Trustees of the charity, Linda Curran and Julie Broughton, came along to watch a Saturday lesson in progress, and were able to see some of the children wearing their new riding hats and see first-hand how their money had been used.

Coach Sheri Wild: “We are over the moon that funds so generously donated by the Paul Curran Celebration Trust has meant that we were able to purchase bespoke riding hats for our young riders and that they were correctly fitted by local country store, Milbry Hill.

“Our group depends entirely on the support of the local community so that we can enable our disabled riders to enhance their lives by improving their confidence, communication skills, mobility and importantly have fun.

“These funds are very welcome, and we were delighted that Linda and Julie joined us and were able to see how their funds have helped our young riders.”