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Pick Up A Picnic – September Holiday Weekend Treat!

Why not give yourself a treat and pick up a delicious picnic, filled with our legendary baking, this coming September Holiday Weekend?

Whatever the weather brings, enjoy a hassle-free picnic specially boxed up for you to take to the park, the beach, the garden, or indoors!
Indulge yourself, share a treat with a friend, or have a family feast. And with 100% of the income from this one-off fundraiser going directly to support Muirfield Riding Therapy during the coronavirus pandemic you know you’re doing something good too.
HOW TO ORDER 
PRE-ORDER & PAY ONLY – BY THURS 17 SEPTEMBER
or
phone 07798 763400
£10 per person
Each box, per person, contains –
A round of sandwiches – mixed selection (Vegetarian option available)
2 mini sausage rolls
1 scone (with butter, jam, and cream)
1 cupcake
2 traybakes
Important Dietary and Allergen information –
* Please note, we’re working with a small team and are unable to accommodate any changes or dietary requests.
* Each picnic includes Gluten, Egg, Dairy and Soya
* May contain trace amounts of nuts or peanuts

PICK UP YOUR PICNIC – ON SAT 19 SEPTEMBER
Between 11am – 1pm, The Mallard Hotel, East Links Road, Gullane. Social distancing measures will be in place.
Takeaway drinks also for sale on the day – tea,coffee,soft drinks £1. (Buy one of our final few limited edition reusable cups for £9, and we’ll give you a drink for free!)
Extra baking for sale on the day – there may also be some extra items of our legendary baking for sale on the day…!

The Virtual Kiltwalk Big Weekend!

The Kiltwalk has gone virtual for 2020, and we kicked off our Team MRT Virtual Kiltwalk Week in style on Monday 9th September, with our four Mighty Striders completing their 24 mile challenge!  This weekend, even more Team MRT Kiltwalkers are joining in.  In small, COVID-19 compliant teams, twelve Big Strollers are taking on the 15 mile challenge and are already smashing our fundraising goal!

Donate here 
Follow our Kiltwalkers’ progress on our Facebook and Instagram

Our Services Coordinator Susan, her husband Cameron, our Office Manager Shirley and our Fundraising Manager Debs were delighted to complete their 24 mile hike of the John Muir Way. They walked from Dunbar to our Centre here at West Fenton, getting our fundraising going with a bang!  With over £7,500 raised, and The Kiltwalk’s funding partner, The Hunter Foundation, continuing to commit their wonderful 50% bonus for all Kiltwalkers, this is a very welcome event at this difficult time for fundraising.
(L-R Debs, Susan, Cameron and Shirely)

On Saturday 12 September

Look out for our Volunteer Christine and husband Ken taking on their 15 mile Big Stroll, walking a circular route from Gullane, to Aberlady then back round the coast to North Berwick before heading home to Gullane again.  Look out for them in their green Muirfield Riding Therapy t-shirts! Give them a wave if you spot them en route!

On Sunday 13 September

Good luck to our current Chairperson Michelle, and volunteers Alison, Daryl, Kathryn, Glynis, Helen and Louise who will be walking the John Muir Way from East Linton, to North Berwick and from there following to coast to finish at our Centre at West Fenton!  Joining in from North Berwick Law will be our Founder Gill and her sister Pauline, who will pick up volunteer Nicky at Archerfield to also finish at West Fenton!
Although you can’t offer our Kiltwalkers encouragement in person due to COVID-19 restrictions,  you can support them by sending a virtual wave on our social media, and by donating and helping secure the future of our service
(L-R top row: Louise, Christine & Ken, Glynis. Middle row: Gill, Alison, Michelle. Bottom row: Helen, Kathryn, Daryl, Pauline, Nicky)
The coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of our service and cancellation of our fundraising events back in March. But we have worked hard to adapt safely so that, for now, we are able to offer therapy to some riders once again, which is great.
We are fully self-funded, so this event is particularly special as the Kiltwalk’s funding partner, the Hunter Foundation, tops up every fundraiser’s total with an additional minimum of 50%!
Donate here 
Follow our Kiltwalkers’ progress on our Facebook and Instagram

Thank you

Coronavirus Crisis – Roadmap to Riding

Muirfield Riding Therapy has been closed since the end of March due to the Coronavirus Crisis.  As we move into summer, we are planning for a phased return to therapy riding in line with Scottish Government and RDA National Office guidelines.

 

 

With Indoor Arenas now able to open in Scotland we are looking forward to when we can safely offer riding therapy sessions again.  The team have been planning for how we adapt what we do so that some of our riders can return.

Our Roadmap to Riding planning involves considering safety protocols for our Riders, our Volunteers, our Centre and of course our Ponies.

In the meantime, there are lots of ways you can stay in touch and help us to fund the upkeep of the 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.

 

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.

 

Shop online – raise funds for free

Sign up to Give As You Live   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 are so looking forward to when we can see you all again and want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone for your continued support!

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!

Kiltwalk Kindness – be part of our Kiltwalk Team 2020

The Coronavirus has had a devastating impact on Scottish events and charity fundraising.  The Kiltwalk series is one of Scotland’s top mass participation fundraisers.  In a show of incredible support and kindness, Kiltwalk partner The Hunter Foundation has announced they will continue to donate their generous bonus to Kiltwalkers even if walks are cancelled!

We love being part of the Edinburgh Kiltwalk.  The MRT Team will be part of the Edinburgh Kiltwalk 2020, on Sunday 13th September and we’d love you to join us!  It’s a wonderful way for small charities like ours to fundraise.  The Hunter Foundation, announced earlier this year it will be upping its charitable bonus to every participant’s fundraising total to a whopping 50%!

In 2019 Audrey took part with her son David, who is one of our Riders, and their family,

We had a wonderful time taking part in the Kiltwalk this year. We did the Wee Wander, which is 5 miles, and it was a lovely walk.  The atmosphere was so friendly and we got chatting to lots of people raising funds for other charities too.  It was so rewarding to raise money for MRT,  a charity we love, and an organisation that has given David, and the rest of our family, so much support over a long number of years. We would encourage other families to take part in the Kiltwalk and to support this amazing organisation, which gives so much to all of our riders and their families.

There are three distances to choose from, 5 mile Wee Wander , 14.5 mile Big Stroll, 24 mile Mighty Stride with the shortest distance, the 5 mile Wee Wander being wheelchair accessible, and all ending at Murrayfield Stadium with the Kiltwalk Party!

Shirley is our Office Manager, and was one of our Kiltwalkers last year,

2019 was my second time doing the Kiltwalk for MRT. We did some practice walks before hand which was really nice and great having the time to walk and chat with other fantastic team members from different sessions.  MRT has lots of different fundraisers, but for me, walking, talking and being offered food along the way is ideal!!  While the feet were hot and the hips were a wee bit worn out, it was a great day from start to finish and we all had BIG smiles on our faces at the end of our achievement. 

There are lots of way you can get involved; as a walker, a donor or as a volunteer. Find out how to register to walk, donate or volunteer at The Edinburgh Kiltwalk for Team MRT 

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus update – We are closed – Muirfield Riding Therapy

Tuesday 17 March 2020

From Michelle Sutton, Chair, Muirfield Riding Therapy,

 

Hello Everyone,

I am writing to you with a heavy heart to let you know that Muirfield Riding Therapy is now closed because of the impact of the Coronavirus.  This closure includes the cancellation or postponement of all training and fundraising events until the end of May.

 

As has always been the case the health and well being of our riders and volunteers is the priority in our decision making process. With the recent government announcements we feel we can no longer operate our riding therapy sessions.

 

I know that this will be really disappointing to those people who will miss the last 2 weeks of their terms riding.  We are already getting calls about when we will reopen – the honest answer is we simply do not know. We will review again on a regular basis but I do not expect to open before the 1st June and so unlikely to offer regular sessions until after the Summer holidays.

 

To protect our team of volunteers and employees the MRT office will not be manned for the next few weeks.  Instead our admin teams will be working from home as much as they can. If you need to get in touch please drop us an email and we will respond as soon as we can;

 

Chair, Michelle Sutton: [email protected]

Services, Susan Law: [email protected]

Administration, Shirely Duff: [email protected]

Fundraising, Debs McLaughlin: [email protected]

 

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.  Our thoughts are with you all and we look forward to seeing our riders back in the future.

 

Stay safe!

 

Michelle

Coronavirus and Muirfield Riding Therapy

Friday 13 March 2020

From Michelle Sutton, Chair, Muirfield Riding Therapy,

Hello everyone, the health and well being of our riders and volunteers is of paramount importance.  We are continually reviewing our position on the Coronavirus and will be updating on a weekly basis.

For the moment we will continue to offer riding therapy sessions and will do so in line with Government and National Health Authority advice.  If schools decide to close then we would also close – we are not at that stage yet.

  • If you feel unwell please stay away from MRT.   Call the Office and let us know – 01620 842502
  • If you are being tested for Coronavirus, even if you have not had it confirmed, please contact Michelle Sutton on 07888 754995 in confidence. This will enable us to take appropriate action to safeguard our volunteers and riders.
  • If you have been on holiday please check the up to date guidance for travelers before returning to MRT.  Depending on where you have been you may need to stay away from MRT for a couple of weeks.  Based on latest advice If you have visited any of the following areas please don’t come to MRT for 14 days from your date of return:

 

  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Iran
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Macau
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • Tenerife – only the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

 

MRT Board will continue to monitor the situation and will issue further guidance as required.  If you decide that the best option for you is to stay away from MRT then please let us know so we can adapt sessions accordingly.

Thanks all – take care and remember Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!

Michelle

 

Make this your year to volunteer!

A New Year, a new Term and new volunteering opportunities!  Make this your year to volunteer, with Muirfield Riding Therapy.  There are lots of well researched health benefits to volunteering, it might even help you get rid of the January blues!

 

We are looking for people to join our volunteering team in various riding therapy sessions – especially Tuesday afternoons with our lead physiotherapist Heather Falconer, Wednesday evenings, and as part of our brand new Mechanical Horse session.  If you’ve been put off in the past perhaps due to a fear of horses, or mud, then our new Mechanical Horse session might just be the one for you!

You don’t need any special equestrian skills to volunteer with us at any of our sessions, we’ll take you through our special training, with a training mentor, at your own pace.

We call our Mechanical Horse, Oreo.  This horse-shaped, high tech piece of physiotherapy equipment responds to leg and hand movements like a real horse.  Oreo is an important addition to our Centre, offering benefits to Riders and Therapists.  He helps our Physiotherapists with Riders’ biomechanics assessments, offering top of the range postural analysis to improve muscle tone, strength and symmetry.

In 2019 our team of volunteers gave 16,000 hours of volunteering.  This meant we were able to provide over 3,500 hours of life-changing Riding Therapy to people with disabilities, free of charge.  And we had lots of fun too.  Be part of the team.

Contact [email protected] or download an application form and bring it along to our Indoor Arena.