Money raised by Councillor Brian Sandler during his year as Chairman of Epping Forest District Council will be put to good use by Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs. Councillor Sandler presented a cheque for £11,374.34 to Deborah Hall of the Trust on Wednesday 11 October 2006. The money will help to fund much needed new seating for the outdoor arena.
Councillor Sandler was delighted to make the presentation. He said: Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs is one of the best charities I have ever known. The work Deborah Hall, her staff and volunteers do with the young people here is just fantastic. Visiting the facilities and seeing how much the young people benefit from working with the horses is always marvellous. I feel privileged and honoured to have played a small part in helping Deborah and her team.
Images captions: Piebald Cob Jake ridden by fourteen year old Charlotte Bissell with Chigwell Riding Trust for Special Needs volunteer Karen Backhouse and Trust Manager Deborah Hall receiving a cheque for £11,374 from Councillor Brian Sandler, part of the money raised during his year as Chairman of Epping Forest District Council.
Fourteen year old Charlotte Bissell from Loughton who goes to Oak View School showed Councillor Sandler her horse-riding skills with the help of Jake and his leader Karen Backhouse, one of the team of employees and volunteers who make the charity possible. Councillor Sandler said: I was very impressed. Anyone who thinks that Charlotte and her friends are riding around on small ponies should stand next to Jake. He is one very serious horse!
Councillor Sandler organised and supported a range of events during his year of office to raise funds for the Trust and St Clare Hospice. However, Deborah Hall doesn`t just need money to maintain the Trust, she is also appealing to volunteers over the age of fourteen who can help out.
She said: We are a charity and we cannot work without the help of volunteers. I am particularly short of people on Saturdays but would also welcome new volunteers in the week. Anyone over the age of fourteen who likes horses and would like to work with the Children and young people would find a day spent at the Trust very rewarding.
To volunteer, call Deborah on 020 8500 6051 or e-mail Deborah@chigride.co.uk.