Achievements of Riding for the Disabled volunteers are marked

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Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Michael, welcomed Gillian Robb, Pamela Harris and friends to the Mayor’s Parlour in Mossley Mill to mark their recent achievements.

Gillian (91) received the Volunteer of the Year Award for Northern Ireland, for her work with Riding for the Disabled.

Pamela, Gillian’s sister in law who has volunteered for the Riding for the Disabled group for 22 years, was also presented with an ‘Over and Above’ award for her services to the group.

For over 40 years the Riding for the Disabled charity has allowed disabled riders and drivers to achieve great and sometimes unexpected, success through equine sports.

One thousand participants in 28 groups ride and drive all over Northern Ireland and are ably assisted by almost 1000 volunteers.

The charity works directly with 18 care centres, 40 schools and individuals to help those who can benefit from the therapy riding and driving offers.

The East Antrim Riding for the Disabled meets on Monday mornings at Laurelview Equestrian Centre.

The charity is currently seeking more volunteers, with either some interest in horses or a desire to work with their riders.

The volunteers may have one of three roles – leading a pony, walking next to a rider, or engaging with riders as they wait their turn.

If you think this is something that would interest you, please email eastantrimrda@gmail.com. More information is available on their website at www.ridingforthedisabledni.org.uk

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