A WEAVERHAM horse-riding centre has received a cash injection of almost £2,500 from the Cheshire Freemasons.

Sandy Lane Equestrian Centre – Riding for the Disabled (RDA), received £2,446.22 from the organisation to help support its work in the community.

The centre, based on the outskirts of Weaverham, provides riding lessons to schools and individuals across the county

and caters for children and adults with autism, learning difficulties and mobility issues.

The grant will allow the centre to replace worn out equipment and service and repair an electrical lift used by some of the its clients.

Keith Howbrigg, who presented the cheque on behalf of Cheshire Freemasons, visited the centre to learn more about its work.

He discovered how children are encouraged to listen carefully and follow instructions and that each horse has an adult leader allowing riders to interact with people other than their teachers and carers.

Cheshire Freemasons spokesman Keith Argyle said: “For some children these three things alone are a daily challenge. 

Each lesson discretely helps the riders with balance, improves their core strength and co-ordination, and not to be underestimated is the positive impact on self-confidence and self-esteem, which is apparent if you view the sessions.

“Children who are reluctant become eager participants and all are proud of their achievements at the end. Importantly this is something that can be carried on into adulthood when all the above benefits still apply.

“It is an inclusive recreation which can be shared by disabled and able bodied alike."

For more information about the centre, visit sandylane-equestrian.co.uk