Volunteers pitch in at Dartford disabled riding school
PUBLISHED: 10:09 11 August 2011
»Department store staff have spent three days helping to renovate the Arrow Riding Centre for the Disabled ahead of its role in London 2012.
Workers from John Lewis in Bluewater shopping centre spent the end of last week at the venue in Darenth Park Avenue, Dartford, cleaning and painting stables.
The centre – chosen as a base for competitors for the 2012 Paralympic Games – enables children and adults with disabilities throughout Kent to experience enjoyment as well as a sense of achievement throughout equestrian activities.
The store is also providing support and funding to build a website for the centre, in time for the Games.
Val Blake, manager of the riding centre, said “We are very grateful to everyone at John Lewis for their continued support. The makeover of the stables was fantastic, and the website will also help to support everything we strive to achieve at the centre.”
The facility specialises in the use of the horses to provide a unique form of physiotherapy, improving head and spine control, eye and hand co-ordination, circulation and muscle relaxation resulting in improved life skills, quality of life and attainment of personal goals.
Susan Buhagiar, store community liaison co-ordinator, said “Our staff really got stuck in to help clear up the stables and they really do have a new lease of life. We are delighted to have the opportunity to lend a hand to such a worthy cause.”