CLA Charitable Trust helps North Wales youngstersA North Wales horse rescue sanctuary that educates and inspires young, disadvantaged, children has been awarded £1,000 by the CLA Charitable Trust.
The money is part of more than £50,000 donated to countryside charities in 2011 by the CLA Charitable Trust. It has been used to fund projects that promote access to and education about the countryside aimed at young, disabled, and disadvantaged people.
Pamela Bluck who founded the H.A.C.K. Horse Sanctuary at Rossett in Wrexham, said the money would provide vital educational equipment. There are more than a hundred children and young people who benefit from helping with the horses at the centre each year and it's run on a 'shoestring' budget.
Mrs Bluck added:"It's an enormous help. We have used the money to buy a white board, a projector, and a screen
We are now getting together the next round of education for young people who are disadvantaged, in care, or carers for their parents.
"It's very therapeutic for the youngsters and it helps our rescued horses. They like to touch them, groom them, lead them around and it's also a means of educating them through the horses.
"Our educational program provides both hands on practical experience under strictly controlled guidance of experienced staff and a "fun-based" classroom experience. This combination serves to ensure that children become more aware of the value of educational aspiration and we offer opportunities to young people that are educative, expressive, empowering and participative and that also gives them an understanding to mankind's responsibility towards the animal kingdom and value in their own lives."
Mrs Bluck runs the centre with the help of her son, Peter, and a team of 12 volunteers. She added that the award was a very special birthday present as it will celebrate its twentieth birthday in March.
CLA Charitable Trust Director Peter Geldart said: "The Trust provides funding to allow those who would not otherwise be able to learn about the countryside and enjoy its benefits due to a disadvantage."
To apply for a CLA Charitable Trust grant in 2012, apply in writing during January, April, July or October with details of your project to: Peter Geldart, Hopbine Farmhouse, Ossington, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6LJ.
Donations can be made to the Trust through Mr Geldart, as well as through covenants, wills and by supporting regional CLA fundraising events.
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