Welwyn Hatfield's mayor chooses charity of the year

PUBLISHED: 16:00 09 June 2018

The mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Barbara Fitzsimon has chosen Digswell Place Group: Riding for the Disabled Association as her charity of the year. Picture: supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

The mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Barbara Fitzsimon has chosen Digswell Place Group: Riding for the Disabled Association as her charity of the year. Picture: supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

supplied by Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council

The new mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon, has chosen a Digswell charity as her charity of the year.

Councillor Barbara Fitzsimon chose Digswell Place Group: Riding for the Disabled Association, who said they were “thrilled” to be chosen.

Digswell Place is a purpose-built riding stable for adults and children with disabilities, run entirely by volunteers.

The aim of the association is “to give the opportunity of riding to any disabled person who might benefit in their health and well-being.”

Approximately 100 people ride with the group, the majority of whom come in groups from their schools or day centres, but individuals are also catered for.

Cllr Fitzsimon said: “Digswell Riding for the Disabled is a small community facility that provides support for children, adults, parents and carers alike, helping users to develop their confidence through the experience of horse riding.

“I am delighted to be able to raise money for such a worthwhile cause during my time as mayor, and as this wonderful charity is run solely by volunteers, I know how important donations are to them.”

Jasmine, a rider at the group, said: “The horses here are very special and good fun to ride.”

Amanda Morrall, chair of fundraising for the group, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as the mayor’s charity for this year, any money raised will help us to continue providing our much loved and appreciated therapeutic rides.

“Our volunteers and riders thank the mayor for her support.”

To find out more about the group, visit www.digswellplacerda.org.uk.

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