Blakemore Retail volunteers transform Clwyd Special Riding Centre

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A team of 20 volunteers from Blakemore Retail Spar stores have offered a helping hand to a special needs riding centre in North Wales.

Employees from sixteen Spar stores across North Wales and the North West of England spent a day on August 4th helping to transform Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Llanfynydd, near Wrexham in North Wales.

The group, which was team-led by store manager Guy Coleman from Spar Penyffordd, was split into three teams: one team dismantled disused riding centre equipment, one cleared a picnic area for visitors to the centre and the other installed a fence to keep the horses in.

Every week the Clwyd Special Riding Centre welcomes more than 200 people of all ages with special needs who benefit from the pleasure and stimulation of riding, carriage-driving and equestrian vaulting.

This unique centre also provides residential riding holidays for groups of people with special needs from all over the UK and abroad.

Coleman said: “It was a pleasure to organise this community project for a charity which helps so many young children nationally.  We all had a wonderful day at the riding centre and I would like to thank everyone involved for their tremendous hard work.”

AF Blakemore community affairs officer Liz Bell said: “It is great to see two Blakemore Retail areas coming together and making a significant positive contribution to their community.  This project is a great example of how collaborative action can make a massive difference to the community.

“I would urge other stores and depots to think about ways in which they can work together to complete a project or fundraise for a good cause.”