THE Rotary Club of Lyme Regis recently presented Dorset-based charity The HorseCourse with a cheque for £1,250, raised through its annual Christmas collection.
The charity focuses on young people aged eight to 24 with anxiety and behavioural problems, where “talking is not working”. These are youngsters who, without help, could be heading towards long term mental health problems.
TheHorseCourse has shown that more than 80 per cent of children show significant improvement having completed a programme of working with horses, and therefore stand a better chance of being valuable members of society.
This Dorset-based charity’s patron is actor Martin Clunes and it helps upwards of 400 young people every year, many of whom would be excluded from school, and hence from much of community life, if it were not for the charity. It promotes an awareness of responsibility, concentration, confidence and assertiveness.
A spokesperson for the Rotary Club said: “Helping the youth in our community is a prime aim of Rotary and this charity, with such a proven success record in this regard, is one we are proud to support.”
For more information about the charity, visit www.thehorsecourse.org
Rotarians held street collections in both Lyme Regis and Charmouth in the run-up to Christmas, as well as at the club’s annual Carols Around the Tree service, to raise the funds.