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      Saturday 27 Mar 2010

      Bangor’s Riding for the Disabled Association have become the latest recipients of funding from George Best Belfast City Airport’s Community Fund.
      Youngsters from Clifton Special School in the town, who attend a weekly horse riding session at Birr House Riding School in Holywood, are already benefiting from the purchase of a large double mounting block, which significantly improves the safety of the children when getting on and off the horses.

      Bangor Riding for the Disabled is part of a UK-wide organization that aims to provide disabled people with the opportunity to learn to ride horses and ponies in order to benefit their health and well-being.

      The Bangor group has the support of over 10 volunteers who help facilitate the horse riding session every Wednesday. The focus of the group’s work is to ensure that each individual child has the chance to develop a sense of achievement and increase their self-confidence through contact with the animals.

      Stephen Patton from the airport recently paid a visit to a Riding for the Disabled session to see how the children were getting on and he reflected,

      “It was great to see firsthand how the mounting block has helped improve the safety of the children during their riding sessions. The enjoyment that the children get out of the classes is clearly evident and this is what makes our Community Fund such a rewarding initiative.”

      The airport distributes their Community Fund through the Energy for Children charitable Trust (EFC), originally set up by Phoenix Gas. Since the fund’s inception, Energy for Children has assisted the airport in finding those projects that would most benefit from the airports support. Stephen Patton comments,

      “Since we introduced our fund, The Energy for Children charitable Trust have demonstrated that they are an excellent and effective local charity to work in partnership with” . To date we have supported a number of local projects and look forward to supporting many more this year with the support of Energy For Children. We would also encourage other companies, through their Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives to become involved with Energy For Children to ensure consistent support and delivery of their projects.”