Neigh bother as Rosewell group gains support

Persimmon Homes sales advisor Ruth Watson presents �1000 to Jeff Allan, chairman of Thornton Rose RDA

Persimmon Homes sales advisor Ruth Watson presents �1000 to Jeff Allan, chairman of Thornton Rose RDA

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A popular Midlothian riding school for the disabled will be able to buy a new horse after being nominated a Community Champion by a local business.

Persimmon Homes East Scotland has handed over a cheque for £1,000 to Thornton Rose RDA – to help fund a new horse.

Run entirely by volunteers the Rosewell group provides access for disabled youngsters to ride horses and learn stable management skills and was in need of funding as two of its horses neared retirement.

The organisation had raised half the amount needed to purchase a horse and with help from Persimmon will now be able to buy a horse to help cater for the 36 disabled children that use the stables, along with a further 28 on the waiting list.

The group are the latest to receive funding from the housebuilder. In total £24,000 will be donated by Persimmon Homes’ East Scotland region by March.

Jeff Allan, chairman at Thornton Rose RDA, said: “Being awarded the Persimmon Homes Community Champions funding will go towards buying a specialised horse which will allow an additional six disabled people per week the wonderful opportunity to develop both their physical and mental abilities.

“On behalf of our many clients and future clients we thank Persimmon Homes for this generous gift which will last for many years.”

Jim Kirkpatrick, managing director at Persimmon Homes East Scotland, said: “The club needed £1,000 to meet its target and I’m delighted we have helped it hit the mark.”