Charity looks ahead at last

A HORSE rescue charity, which was in danger of folding after a stable collapsed, is now looking to the future following a lottery grant.

Alnwick-based Equorum received £10,000 from the Awards for All lottery fund to run courses involving horses and falconry for people with learning difficulties.

Last December, the future of the charity was in doubt after a stable at Town Foot Farm, near Shilbottle, collapsed leaving 14 horses living out in the cold. Luckily, Shipley Lane Equestrian Centre stepped in following a plea in the Gazette and provided the horses with a new stable.

Jane Sanderson, centre manager for Equorum, is delighted with the grant.

“We are very grateful to the Northumberland Gazette for helping us out and very grateful to Shipley Lane for helping us out,” she said.

“We wouldn’t have been able to survive if it got much worse because we hadn’t been going very long and then we had all the snow and the buildings fell down.It’s starting to look more positive and hopefully the courses will be useful, especially in rural areas.”

The courses will start in September. Anyone interested can ring 0800 1455809 or 01665 602810 or email info@equorum.org.uk