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Chard equine therapy centre seeking more trustees

By WG_SForrester  |  Posted: November 09, 2012

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A new trustee of the Special Horses for Special Children therapy centre in Chard is urging more supporters to come forward.

The centre based in Wadeford usess horses and ponies in sensory work and horse play for children and young adults struggling with Autism, Aspergers, neurological disorders and emotional or behavioural challenges.

New trustee, Claire Hart said: "It had been under threat of closure but had a last minute reprieve and is now looking for more trustees and volunteers to help take the charity forward. It is hoped we can get two more trustees by November 14.

"Faced with closure at the start of October, founder Lilias Ahmeira spoke passionately about the work they do on BBC Radio Somerset and later that afternoon received donations from businesses and individuals, which will enable them to continue their work for several months."

Mrs Ahmeira has run clinics for people with neurological disorders for more than 10 years and is also the mother of three boys, one being autistic.

She said the charity is not out of the woods yet.

She said: "The real work starts now. We need to find a further two trustees with the vision and commitment to help us become sustainable in the future. We also need to recruit more volunteers to help out, especially at weekends.

"Some families travel up to five hours to get here and they find it difficult to use traditional B & B facilities due to the behaviour of their child, not to mention the cost.

"We want to be able to offer them Yurts which will provide effective family accommodation.

"We are hoping that businesses might be able to supply us with the fixtures and fittings for a shower room and kitchen, with the help of local builder's and plumbers offering their services to help us make this happen. We have our very own DIY SOS going on here."

The horses at the centre are specially trained to interact in a very unique way with young people.

The centre offers individual, family and group therapy, and is keen to find people who can fund families and their children through their therapy programme or offer time or expertise as a volunteer.

Contact Mrs Ahmeira at info@specialhorsesforspecialchildren.com, on 01460 66990 or visit www.specialhorsesforspecialchildren.co.uk.

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