Primula brand owner, The Kavli Trust, has donated a £25,000 to Tyne and Wear Riding for the Disabled Association based at Washington Riding Centre, fully funding two brand new blocks of stables.
The new livery stables will house up to eight new horses and enable the Washington Riding Centre to generate a sustainable and long-term source of income, allowing further self-funded developments and upgrades to take place at the school.
Eileen Curley from the Washington Riding Centre said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support of the management and staff of Kavli. This will make a tremendous difference to our centre. We now have the opportunity to introduce new horses into the centre and increase employment prospects for our trainees. There will definitely be long-term benefits for our centre and those who ride with us.
“We cannot thank Kavli enough for all they have done and we wish them all every success in the future.”
Paul Lewney, managing director at Kavli UK, said: “It is a great honour to make donations on behalf of The Kavli Trust, especially as this will make such a difference to the local community who make use of the facilities.
“We are particularly proud that we have been able to make a donation that will enable the Washington Riding Centre to create a new, independent and sustainable source of income that will benefit its members for years to come.”
Opened in 1977 by Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, Washington Riding Centre offers horse riding lessons and stable management training for children and adults with a range of physical disabilities and learning difficulties.
The Washington Riding Centre was nominated for the donation by Kavli UK employee, Maureen Brown.
Brown said: “My husband and I have worked and volunteered with the Washington Riding Centre for many years and we are thrilled the school has benefited from this generous donation by The Kavli Trust. I retire in March after 29 happy years at Kavli. It feels like a wonderful legacy that a company I have loved working for has been able to support such a worthwhile charity, so close to my heart.”
Owned by The Kavli Trust, profits from the commercial operations of Kavli Group are used to support scientific, cultural and humanitarian causes around the world.