Riding charity appeals for volunteers

Volunteer Jen with a group member.

A local riding charity has made an urgent appeal for new volunteers.

Richmond & Catterick Riding for Disabled, which rides at Catterick Garrison Saddle Club, has recently expanded its services to run a session on a Saturday afternoon from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

Jacquie Warner, spokesperson for the group, said: “We have now welcomed six new young riders from our local disabled community and we need more volunteers to help them gain the proven therapeutic benefits and joy of horse riding.

“Together with our existing group of disabled riders we need 15 volunteers a week.

“We don’t expect people to be available each week that’s why there is a need for a lot of volunteers — to be able to rota help around our volunteers’ other commitments.”

The charity said there was no need for any horse knowledge as basic training was given.

Jacquie added: “As long as you’re 12 years or older, fit and active we want more volunteers to join our happy band.

“So, for anyone looking for a way to give something to the local community, then an hour or so of time in a happy, sociable environment might be the perfect answer.”

For more information about getting involved, call 07805 883395 or email sjreynolds8@btinternet.com