Riding high - cash support for local communities

young riders with the new safe riding hats


Hundreds of youngsters will now be able to saddle up in safety – thanks to community cash help to buy extra riding hats.

A grant of £1,254 to Riding for the Disabled in Morpeth, Northumberland, means there will be greater opportunities for more visually impaired or blind youngsters to get active and experience the thrill of riding a horse.

More than 300 children and adults with a range of disabilities will now be able to enjoy horse riding at the centre.

Ten organisations from across the north east region have benefited from a share of more than £8,000 in the past year from the Northumbrian Water Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Sam Orde, a Trustee at Riding for the Disabled in Morpeth said: “For the safety of our disabled riders we need hats which conform to British Standards and are replaced every three years as recommended.

“As we provide over 4,000 rides-a-year, hats become worn, unhygienic and unattractive, especially to riders with autism. We’re very grateful to Northumbrian Water for helping us to purchase new equipment and provide opportunities for young disabled people with a passion for riding,” she said.

Sarah Pinkerton, Partnerships Manager for Northumbrian Water said: “As a local company, we very much want to be an active participant in the communities we supply drinking water to, but we also need to know what the issues are and what local communities need.

“Working with Community Foundation has really helped us to make the best use of our resources,” she said.

The largest single grant of £2,000 was made to St Clare’s Hospice on South Tyneside to allow greater access to their complementary therapies during the latest round of grants. Another grant for £500 to Fightback (The Society of Disabled Refugee and Asylum Seekers) has helped to support refugees and asylum seekers by funding the purchase of essential toiletries.

Su Legg, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation said: “Northumbrian Water is an excellent example of a responsible business which really cares about the area in which it operates.

"Through their fund at the Community Foundation the water company has awarded more than £8,000 to local projects which tackle inequalities providing care and opportunities for people of all ages.”

For more information about funding opportunities at the Community Foundation visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply.

For further information on Northumbrian Water please contact Oliver Rogers on 01268 664938.

For further information about the Community Foundation please call Iain Riddell, Development and Marketing Officer on 0191 222 0945, or email ir@communityfoundation.org.uk.

Additional Grants 2014/15
Low Simonside Community Assocation, South Tyneside - £500
Silverline Memories, Gateshead - £1,400
Angelus Luncheon Club, Sunderland - £600
Riding for the Disabled (Morpeth) - £1,254
Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund - £1,128
Ellington and Lynemouth Darby and Joan Club, Northumberland - £760
St Clare’s Hospice, South Tyneside - £2,000
St John Ambulance Community Care Services (Shiremoor) - £400
Newcastle East Sea Cadets - £245

About Northumbrian Water Group
Northumbrian Water Group contains the following companies and divisions:
Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) provides water and sewerage services in the north east of England under the brand name Northumbrian Water and water services in the south east under the brand name Essex & Suffolk Water. It serves 2.7 million people in the north with water and sewerage services and 1.8 million people in the south with water services.

About the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland
The Community Foundation acts as a hub for individuals, families, businesses, and other charities that want to give to communities, by matching their interests with those seeking funding.

It provides help for children and older people, people affected by disadvantage and ill-health and those seeking education and work, as well as providing grants to support the arts, the environment, community activities and amateur sport.

The Newcastle-based charity, the UK’s biggest Community Foundation, has built an endowment of nearly £58 million from donations to the various funds it holds.

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