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£2,500 Donation To Sussex-Based Disabled Riding Unit

American Express funds horse purchase for riding therapy

A £2,500 donation from one of the county's leading employers means that a Sussex charity offering riding therapy to disabled people can purchase a much-needed additional horse.

The funding, from Brighton-based American Express, will allow the Riding Therapy Unit at Ferring Country Centre, near Worthing, to add to its 11-strong stable of horses - those with the build, strength and temperament suitable for use on the riding therapy programme cost between £2,500 and £3,500.

Ferring Country Centre fundraiser Gaye Baker said the donation will enable them to offer riding therapy to even more people.

"This is a very popular facility," she said. "We are open seven days a week for the 140-plus people who take the opportunity to enjoy the unique benefits of riding."

Jo Crockett, Public Affairs & Communications Manager at American Express in Brighton, praised the work of the charity which provides work experience and training for around 50 adults with special needs.

"The Centre also fulfils a very important role by giving people with learning difficulties real jobs in horticulture, conservation, gardening, craft and carpentry," she said.

"Like others using the Centre they, too, can enjoy the benefits of riding - which include improved balance, co-ordination and confidence - as well as the therapeutic effects that close involvement with animals brings.

"However, it's an expensive sport and charities that offer this facility need a constant injection of funding. American Express has a strong commitment to supporting the local community and we're pleased to be able to help in this way. We look forward to seeing 'our' horse in due course."

For more information about the Riding Therapy Unit call 01903 245078 or email


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