South Yorks riding school plea for £14k

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A South Yorkshire riding school for the disabled today appealed for help to pay £14,000 of costs by next week to keep the facility open.

High Hopes Riding School, run in association with the Riding For the Disabled Association charity, serves the region and is based at New Holmes Farm in Thorpe Hesley, Rotherham.

For years it has offered horse riding and equine care lessons with qualified instructors, to improve the lives of hundreds of people, aged four up, through education, therapy and fun.

But following the death of a major fund raiser, organisers are now struggling to meet bills for the stables and upkeep of the horses at the school, which offers riding sessions six days a week.

Acting treasurer and mum of three Shirley Hudson, aged 45, whose son Daniel, 18, is one of the many young riders using the school, said: “It’s very realistic that without financial help we could close.

“It’s really upsetting. We have around 20 volunteers, many of them with children who ride at the centre. But it’s for kids and adults, serving schools and care homes and others. We have riding sessions six days a week.”

Sarah Holmes, whose son also rides at the centre, said: “It has come at a difficult time of the year where everyone’s purse strings are stretched, but we hope people will make a donation, no matter how small.”

* Anyone able to make a donation should call Shirley on 01709 561598 and visit the Facebook page at