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Police back riding group for disabled

PUBLISHED: 16:37 22 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:38 23 August 2010

A RIDING school which helps disabled people has been given £400 by police. The Arrow Riding/Carriage Driving Centre for the Disabled in Darenth Park Road, Dartford, was awarded the donation from the Property Fund. Area Commander Chief Superintendent Pau

A RIDING school which helps disabled people has been given £400 by police.

The Arrow Riding/Carriage Driving Centre for the Disabled in Darenth Park Road, Dartford, was awarded the donation from the Property Fund.

Area Commander Chief Superintendent Paul Brandon visited the centre to hand the cheque over to the group's organiser Val Blake this week.

He said: "The visit was really interesting and it's extraordinary that they can help children as young as they do.

"The money was really well-received and the horses were so good-natured having been trained by Val and her team with care and patience.

"The club is a Paralympic venue and I'm pleased that we have been able to support it."

The club was founded by the Dartford Lions in 1982 and is now run by volunteers. Children from the age of 17 months are offered a unique form of therapy and also taught the dressage riding. Money will be spent on specialist reins for the riders.

The Kent Police Property Fund is generated from the sale, at auction, of unclaimed lost property and items seized in police operations. Proceeds raised at auctions are then presented to local charitable groups.

The school is one of four groups to be given a donation this year. Others include 3rd Gravesend Rainbows, 1st Istead Rise Scouts and 3rd Gravesend Rugby Club.

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