Gift means more animal magic for charity

'Magical atmosphere': Nicola and Shirley Kilner, from Help A Child Have A Chance, with the team from Lane End Farm.
'Magical atmosphere': Nicola and Shirley Kilner, from Help A Child Have A Chance, with the team from Lane End Farm.
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A FARM which transforms the lives of children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities has been given a grant by a Sheffield charity to extend its work.

Lane End Farm, at Abney in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire, has seven ponies and horses which are used for riding by disabled young people because of their therapeutic value.

Volunteers at the farm have now been presented with a cheque for £1,000 by Help A Child Have A Chance as part of the 12 Days of Christmas appeal, in association with The Star.

The charity has teamed up with The Star to offer needy young people across the region the chance to receive a share of £10,000.

Nominations flooded in following an appeal last month and the recipients of the cash are now being revealed.

With the new funding, Lane End Farm will now be able to bring much-loved 15-year-old horse Philomena back into service, which will enable more young people to join trekking sessions.

The donation will also be used to buy equipment, including riding hats, riding gloves, tack, bridles, bits, head collars and lead ropes.

Volunteer Vivienne Howson said: “We are thrilled by the kind offer to help fund our riding project for the disabled young people who visit the farm.

“They get such pleasure out of riding our wonderful ponies.

“For the past six years, Philomena has been used to breed up new ponies to eventually take over from the older generation. The money means we can kit her out with new tack, a saddle, bridle and stirrup so she can be ridden again.” 

Disabled people aged 16 to 25 visit the farm three days a week. A barn has recently been built, creating a wheelchair-accessible holiday property.

Eamonn Hunt, a trustee at the charity, said: “Lane End Farm is a truly special place with a magical atmosphere.

“The happiness it gives to so many children is incredible and we are delighted the money will go towards ensuring even more young people can benefit from the great work carried out.”

Help A Child Have A Chance was set up in memory of the late Hallam FM DJ Dave Kilner.

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* See The Star tomorrow for another 12 Days of Christmas winner.