Riding high as centre plucked for nomination

Pictured is Lewis, four, and Taylor Court, three, from Harrogate, with Montague.  Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Pictured is Lewis, four, and Taylor Court, three, from Harrogate, with Montague. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
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A DONKEY Sanctuary in Eccup which provides riding therapy to 200 children a week had been nominated for an award for its “fantastic” work.

The Yorkshire Children of Courage Awards recognise the most courageous youngsters - but also celebrate the organisations working to give young people a better life.

Ben and Freya Stones, 12 and 10, with one of the centre's donkeys. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Ben and Freya Stones, 12 and 10, with one of the centre's donkeys. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

This October, three Yorkshire charities will battle it out to be crowned group of the year at a ceremony in Leeds.

The Donkey Sanctuary’s Assisted Therapy Centre helps to improve confidence, self-esteem, motor skills, core balance and gives the children a real sense of achievement.

A small team of staff work seven days a week at the centre, and also have two mobile units that visit schools in Halifax and across Pudsey and Bradford.

Centre manager Cathryn Dixon said: “What we offer is quite unique, and we don’t get any Government funding, so to be recognised by the Children of Courage Awards is fantastic.”

The Donkey Sanctuary, which offers donkey assisted therapy for children with additional needs and disabilities, is one of the nominees in the Yorkshire Children of Courage group award.''''Picture: Bruce Rollinson

The Donkey Sanctuary, which offers donkey assisted therapy for children with additional needs and disabilities, is one of the nominees in the Yorkshire Children of Courage group award.''''Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Also nominated for the award is the Springboard Youth Club, which is run by the Harrogate Branch of the National Autistic Society and offers young people with autism and Asperger’s a place they feel safe to have fun.

The final nominee is Door 84, a youth club based in The Groves, York - one of the most diverse areas of the city.

Awards founder Stephen Mitchell, Leeds’ representative of the St James’s Place Foundation, said group award was a chance to recognise local charities rather than individuals.

He said: “This year the committee researched local charities and came up with three. The beauty of this award is that the voting continues right up until the evening of the awards. These three Charities do fantastic work and we encourage all the Yorkshire public to vote for one of them.”

The Donkey Sanctuary, which offers donkey assisted therapy for children with additional needs and disabilities, is one of the nominees in the Yorkshire Children of Courage group award.'''''Pictured is Meade, 2, and  Erin Horn, 3, taking part in one of the centres activities.''Picture: Bruce Rollinson

The Donkey Sanctuary, which offers donkey assisted therapy for children with additional needs and disabilities, is one of the nominees in the Yorkshire Children of Courage group award.'''''Pictured is Meade, 2, and Erin Horn, 3, taking part in one of the centres activities.''Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Voting for the winner is open until September 30. The winner will be announced at the awards on October 16. For tickets, or to vote, visit www.yorkshirechildren.co.uk

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