At Abbey United Reformed Church the young people’s fund raising for 2019 for Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy is now completed. In January Paola King, from the charity, collected the cheques totalling £2,061.91. This is an amazing total which was only possible with the support of the congregations and the Church’s friends. Almost £600 of the total came from Kirsty’s Victorian Christmas concert. It was a wonderful evening’s entertainment as well as raising so much money.
Other fundraisers included the Bingo evening, the Springfield Concert, various raffles, including lunch club, skittles and Easter Egg raffle. There were also donations for refreshments in church and the coins which people collect during the year. Thanks to everyone for their support. The aim of the fundraising for the year was to sponsor a horse, Jackson, to help provide sessions benefiting young people. This amount should cover Jackson’s expenses for a whole year.
Collecting the cheque was Paola King, Fundraising Co-ordinator of Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy. She was pleasantly surprised by the amount raised and thanked the children and church for their support for the FCRT work.
It was an honour for me to receive two cheques that totalled £2,061.91 – which is a phenomenal amount of money raised by the Abbey United Reformed Church Pioneers. The wonderful donation will look after Jackson for a whole year. Any excess will be a great help towards the provision of the Weekly Riding Therapy service (WRT), which FCRT runs on a subsidised basis. This important service could not continue without donations and fundraising support. WRT is provided for local children with physical, emotional or sensory needs. We receive referrals from a local hospice, healthcare professionals and schools. The Physiotherapist uses games and collecting toys for functional tasks to improve awareness and motor function. The pony’s movements help the child to sit centrally and use his core effectively when reaching and using his muscles.