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Crowdfunder set to reward NHS workers with respite

Equine Assisted Learning charity, Tower House Horses, has reached the second stage of this year’s Aviva Community Fund, a crowdfunding initiative to increase awareness of community causes and raise money.

The charity needs help to raise £11,140 to fund a series of respite days for up to 100 care workers and front line staff. Ahead of Aviva employees voting for their project of choice, the charity is asking the public to get behind their special NHS thank you.

There will be a prize draw for those who pledge £100 to the project, with five donors winning a one-to-one session with the horses. Those who choose to pledge £500 have the chance to win an equine-assisted retreat day for themself and up to eight colleagues.

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) is an innovative, experiential approach to improving mental and emotional health. The therapeutic benefits of interacting with horses are numerous; including, emotional resilience, increased self-awareness, confidence, and improved communication skills.

Susie Little, CEO and founder of Tower House Horses, said:

We could never have imagined that we would be launching our project with Aviva during these extraordinary times, but our original goal is now more important than ever.

It’s fair to say that the sacrifice made by our care workers during this time has humbled us all and we would like nothing more than to give something back to them. ’They have worked tirelessly and selflessly to save and protect lives, and we want to make them feel special in return.

Extra funding will make it possible for us to offer our unique, therapeutic support to tackle the negative of the virus on our NHS heroes. We couldn’t be more excited for the next stage!

You can view Tower House Horse’s crowdfunding page via the link here.

Tower House Horses is an equine-assisted learning charity based in Winchester, Hampshire. The centre provides tailor-made programmes for clients from a wide range of communities. The team of certified facilitators specialise in recovery from substance misuse; adults with emotional health and wellbeing issues; young people with challenging behaviour; victims of domestic violence; ex-offenders; and families in need of support.

The facility has been operating since 2011, attaining full charitable status in 2019.

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