Coffee morning for charity group

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A fund-raising coffee morning is being held next month in aid of the Alnwick Group of Riding for the Disabled.

The charity provides lessons for pupils from the town’s Barndale House School.

The sessions, which take place at Townfoot Stables in Shilbottle during term time, enable the youngsters to develop personal skills through physical exercise, therapy and fun.

The charity is holding the coffee morning in Alnwick Town Hall on Saturday, October 6, from 9.30am to noon. It will feature a tombola, cakes and produce and raffle. Donations or raffle prizes welcome.

Kathy Calland, secretary and organiser of the Alnwick Group, said: “The group is over 40 years old and we offer pupils from Barndale House the opportunity of pony riding.

“Over the past couple of years, eight students have achieved certificates in Grade 1 Horse Care and Grades 1 and 2 Horse Riding while others have taken part in the North Region Championships held at various Riding for the Disabled Association venues.

“We hope more pupils will be able to participate in one or more of these activities in the coming years.

“Our small group of a dozen volunteers are able to provide support to five or six pupils at each session but with over 30 children hoping to ride during the year we must continue to fund-raise to enable us to meet the rising costs needed to keep the group running.”

For details, call Kathy on 01665 589345.