Avon Riding Centre is recognised as a centre of excellence for disabled riding regionally and throughout the UK. Each year, the Centre enables over 280 disabled children and adults to benefit from a carefully structured programme of riding sessions, which amounts to around 7,500 rides annually. The Centre works with people living with over 30 different forms of mental and physical special needs, including learning difficulties, neurological conditions, sensory disabilities, and those on the autistic spectrum.
A team of lawyers from Davies and Partners visited Avon Riding Centre last year and they were very impressed with facilities and the dedicated staff at the Centre, many of whom are volunteers. The centre relies heavily on the help of volunteers, with each riding session often requiring three people to walk with each horse and rider, and around nine volunteers for each of the 39 riding sessions per week.
As well as volunteer support for the riding sessions and care of the horses, the Centre also requires volunteers to help throughout the operation, including in the Café, which is a social hub at the Centre, providing parents and relatives with somewhere to meet and unwind.
Davies and Partners’ Head of Medical Negligence in Bristol, Suzanne Williams said, “Our team often work with clients who have disabilities following some form of medical negligence. We are therefore delighted to be able to support the excellent work of charities such as Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled. They rely heavily on sponsors and volunteers to keep this fabulous facility running smoothly and we are pleased to be able to play a part in supporting their excellent work.”
Louise Leigh, Centre Operations Administrator said, “The sponsorship from Davies and Partner is important to the Charity as it will help us to keep the refreshments flowing in the café, which is a real hub in the Riding centre. Parents and carers of children and adults who are taking part in sessions, can sit in the café and watch their child in the arena below, knowing they are in safe hands. They can then enjoy meeting other parents and friends, and most importantly, not feel guilty about taking some time to have a cuppa and relax.”
Photo Caption: From Left to right Louise Leigh, Centre Operations Administrator, Margaret Milkins, who has volunteered in the café for 16 years, and Davies and Partner’ Legal Director, Suzanne Williams