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Transform it! transforming the lives of disabled young people in Lancashire

North East Lancashire Riding schools for the Disabled (RDA)

A newly installed riding hoist and ramp were unveiled on 26th September 2017 by Mayor of Hyndbun, Councillor Peter Britcliff to delighted guests attending the launch event at Clough Bottom Farm in Haslingden in Lancashire.

Having secured a grant of £10,000 from the DHL UK Foundation, Dave Skinner from the DHL Group in Manchester worked tirelessly with the local Riding School for the Disabled to arrange order and installation of a hoist and ramp to lift physically disabled children onto a horse and give them the experience of horse-riding.

Dave Skinner of DHL said; “Transform It! really has been transformational.  Before the new equipment was installed riders were physically lifted onto the horses which was neither safe nor practical.  The ramp to the hoist makes access so much easier and of course allows for children to be transferred from wheelchairs or the ramp onto the horses safely”

With this equipment, the riding school will be able to attract more disabled riders and offer this opportunity and experience which they might not normally be able to access.

The delighted Mayor, Councillor Peter Britcliffe said “This is a great piece of equipment designed to help more disabled people who wish to ride.  Thanks to all concerned and especially the funders who have made this possible.  It was also a fantastic experience for me… the first time I ever rode on a horse.”

Jody O’Brien from North East Lancashire Riding for the Disabled said “We really appreciate the Foundation’s massive contribution, it’s going to make a fantastic difference to so many people.  Being able to get on a horse will be a doddle now.  Just over a year ago a young lady I used to teach told me that she would love to ride again – now her wish has been granted!  Thanks Dave (Skinner) for helping us to make dreams come true!”

Dave Skinner is continuing his relationship with RDA North East Lancashire in his own time with Steve Spencer at DHL continuing the business relationship.

Dave Skinner said “I originally got involved as I live in Oswaldtwistle which is local to the organisation and became aware of the project they were trying to fund.  I arranged to meet with them and discuss their needs.  Jody explained they were fundraising for a hoist to help disabled children onto the horses through raffles and bring and buy sales but to raise the £10,000 needed was going to take them a long time.  I applied to the Transform It! programme to support the riding school and was so pleased when the application was successful.  I have since built a close relationship with the school and visit them regularly.”

“I really wanted to support the local community and this is a huge benefit to them, to have this facility and be able to let the children have a chance to do horse-riding; to see their faces when they are on the horses is fantastic.”

Please visit https://www.dhlukfoundation.org/programmes/transform/ to find out more or email gohelpuk@dhl.com