Tyne Tunnels community fund donates new hoist to riding charity

TT2 Limited, the operator of the Tyne Tunnels, has donated a new hoist to a local riding centre to support their work with a leading disabilities charity.

The Tyne Tunnels Community Fund, which was founded by TT2 in November 2016, donated £2139.60 to the Washington Riding Centre, who work with the national charity Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), which provide therapy and enjoyment to people with disabilities across the UK.

The RDA is a voluntary organisation that offers activities to disabled people across all age groups. The hoist is essential equipment for the Washington Riding Centre’s work with RDA to ensure that disabled riders can mount the horses, allowing more riders access to the services.

The Tyne Tunnels Community Fund helps TT2 Limited accomplish its objective to be a good neighbour to community groups on both sides of the Tyne, as well as to their wider customer base. The fund was established to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the second road tunnel, and aims to support local charitable and educational programmes across the region.

Stu Sutton, Operations Manager at TT2 said: “We are delighted to pledge support from the Tyne Tunnels Community fund to pay for the Washington Riding Centre’s new hoist. The work the centre does with Riding for the Disabled is exactly the type of project we want to support. TT2 wants to ensure that all areas of our local community benefit from the fund, and we hope that the new hoist brings a lot of enjoyment to everyone who attends the Centre.”

Eileen Curley from the Washington Riding Centre said: “On behalf of the Washington Riding Centre I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Tyne Tunnels Community Fund. We rely on donations to enable us to work with Riding for the Disabled, and this generous donation will help us to provide support and activities to many more people in the community.”

Mark Wilcock, Business Development Manager from Care-Ability Healthcare, who supplied the hoist said: “Care-ability Healthcare are a local, family owned business based along the road in Washington and we were delighted to help The Washington Riding Centre with their recent hoist replacement. Having carried out maintenance work on the old hoist, it was a pleasure in assisting the centre in choosing the most suitable system for the disabled riders and the staff. With the kind help of the Tyne Tunnel Community Fund, the centre should be able to offer their members continued use of such a vital therapy.”

The Washington Riding Centre is looking for volunteers and support to continue to carry out their work with Riding for the Disabled. You can find further information on their website http://www.washingtonridingcentre.co.uk/page6.htm

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