Archive for April, 2020

Coronavirus Crisis – Ways to help Muirfield Riding Therapy

Muirfield Riding Therapy is now closed, and its fundraising events cancelled indefinitely because of the impact of the Coronavirus.

But there are lots of ways you can help us to fund the upkeep of our Centre and the care of our specially trained therapy ponies, so that once we re-open we can help as many children, young people and adults as possible.

You don’t have to be super fit and some are free!

 

 

Calling all Home Hereos – Take on the 2.6 Challenge!

Click here to join in this nationwide challenge with us on 26th April – you don’t have to be super fit to take part, use your daily exercise to fundraise for us.

 

Sponsor our Rider Kirsty to Skydive!

Kirsty has been riding with us since she was 3 years old!  Read her story and support her fantastic fundraiser.

 

We’re all online shoppers now – raise funds for free when you shop,

Sign up to Give As You Live  We’re all shopping online at the moment so this is a fantastic way to help raise funds for us, for free!  With over 4,200 shops part of Give as you Live Online, including John Lewis & Partners, Expedia and Marks & Spencer. They’ll turn a percentage of your spend into free funds for us.  Simply sign up, search for the retailer and start shopping. It’s that simple!

Sign up to Amazon Smile here  Shopping at Amazon? Raise free funds at the same time! Sign up, choose us as your beneficiary charity, then do your usual Amazon shopping but via their Amazon Smile login, and they donate 0.5% of the net purchase price to us!

 

Free 50% boost for our Edinburgh Kiltwalkers’ fundraising!

Sponsor our Kiltwalkers and your donation will go 50% further!  The Kiltwalk’s partner The Hunter Foundation gives every Kiltwalker a staggering 50% extra on their final fundraising total!

 

Sponsor a Pony

Who’s your favourite? Sponsor a Pony and help us to continue to fund all the care our four-legged friends need to do their important riding therapy work and lead healthy, happy lives.

 

Get in touch

Join in the chat during Lockdown!

We have Facebook chat groups for our Riders & their Families and our Volunteers 

 

If you need to get in touch please drop us an email and we will respond as soon as we can;

Chair, Michelle Sutton

Services, Susan Law

Administration, Shirely Duff

Fundraising, Debs McLaughlin

 

We want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone for your support!

Win this Beatitude Spring Gift ? and support MRT!

Win this Beatitude Spring Gift ?
Please support us by donating to enter our competition for this gorgeous selection of multi-award winning products from East Lothian company Beatitude. The gift contains x3 bath oils, peace pillow mist, joy body oil, soap and a comfort candle, and is worth £155! All products are designed to help with relaxation and are 100% natural.

Like the majority of organisations across East Lothian, Muirfield Riding Therapy has had to close its doors for now. We aren’t sure yet when we’ll be able to provide our life-changing therapeutic riding service again, but still need to keep funding the care of our specially trained therapy ponies so we’re ready.

Gullane-based Beatitude is a great supporter of the charity and has kindly donated this lovely gift to help you relax this Spring, and to raise vital funds for us. Delivery of the Gift Box to our lucky winner will be arranged by Beatitude.

HOW TO ENTER
1. Please make a donation – suggested £5 – via our ‘Donate Now‘ button on our website
2. Please reference your donation ‘Spring’
3. Ensure you tick to share your contact details with Muirfield Riding Therapy on the PayPal donation screen
4. Entry deadline – Monday 20th April, winner announced Tuesday 21st April 2020.

Thank you so much for your support ?

Rider Kirsty is Skydiving for Muirfield Riding Therapy!

Kirsty, 27, has been riding with us since she was three.  Her mum Anne got in touch to say Kirsty wanted to do some fundraising as her way of thanking Muirfield Riding Therapy, and she had decided on a sponsored skydive ! Although the original date of 26th April 2020 will need to be rescheduled due to the Coronavirus crisis, Kirsty is fully committed to taking on her jump and honouring all her donors.

Please donate to Kirsty via her fundraising page.  Kirsty is very generously paying for the costs of the Skydive herself so that 100% of donations come to Muirfield Riding Therapy.

 

Mum Anne tells Kirsty’s story,

When Kirsty was very young she struggled with everything and life was a real challenge. She was diagnosed with Developmental Dyspraxia and her development was very delayed. When she did walk she just fell down all the time and life was all about bumps and bashes as she came into contact with everything around her. She was a brave and resilient little girl who just kept trying but it was hard to watch and we just didn’t know how her life would be. At times it just felt so hard.

Then, one day our lovely physiotherapist called Lynn told us about Muirfield Riding Therapy and suggested that it might help Kirsty.  Kirsty was three by now and we decided to give it a go. It felt like the first thing that offered us some hope.

 

At that time Muirfield Riding Therapy was a small organisation which ran out of a tack room and outside arena, with just a few ponies. The volunteers were just fabulous, so kind and nothing was too much trouble. There was so much positive energy around a lot of it generated by [Muirfield Riding Therapy founder] Gill Morrison and [former longstanding Chair] Susan Law.

Kirsty just loved it and that was the beginning of her love of horses and riding.

We only rode in the summer in those days and she looked forward to Friday afternoons where she could feel happy and confident in the trust she had with her pony. Not only was she learning about riding but she was exercising her muscles and learning to be more coordinated. The volunteers also helped with her language development and in increasing her self-esteem.

This became an important part of our lives. There was the chance to meet other parents and a half hour break for us in the day, also tea and cake!  There were Christmas parties in the tack room often attended by a naughty pony and Santa, and summer fetes at the Mallard Hotel in Gullane.

Kirsty gradually made progress and life progressed so much the better for her riding. She was later diagnosed with a Learning Disability but that was just our Kirsty and she has managed that as everything else in her life with a positive attitude and a smile.

Now age 27 years old and living independently in her own wee flat close to her family home she continues to look forward to the blocks of riding with Muirfield Riding Therapy. Much has changed in those years both for Kirsty and for the charity.  There was the building of the indoor school and the visit from HRH Princess Anne, who Kirsty had the pleasure of meeting, and the growth and expansion of Muirfield Riding Therapy as it became a more professional organisation able to offer therapy to so many more people.

Although there may be less intimacy of the smaller organisation, the commitment of the volunteers remains the same as does the difference they make to the lives of those who come to ride.

If it hadn’t been for Muirfield Riding Therapy I think Kirsty’s life may not have been so easy and she doesn’t think she would be the person she is today. A confident young woman who still may trip and fall and may not always understand a complicated question but not too frightened to ask and just dusts herself off.

She gives back what she was given and has been a volunteer at the Daycentre in North Berwick for the last eight years and in Oxfam for the last five years. She greets people with great warmth and is well loved by all.  Kirsty has a brave and adventurous spirit. She has taken part in the Tall Ships with a week’s voyage where she climbed to the top of the mast! She has also abseiled off the Forth Rail Bridge to raise funds for Chest Heart and Stroke.

She has always wanted to do a skydive and decided she wants to raise money for Muirfield Riding Therapy to say thank you for all they have done for her. She knows is expensive to keep it all running and wants to help others get the support she gets. She is paying for the skydive herself  and she has set up a JustGiving page and has a target of £650. We hope people will give generously for this amazing charity that works with so many people in East Lothian and beyond.

Everyone at Muirfield Riding Therapy is extremely proud of Kirsty!