Grange pupils present cheque to riding charity

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A MUCH used local resource has been presented with a cheque by a Monifieth primary school.

Grange Primary donated the cheque for £400 to the Brae Riding Ability Centre near Clearwater Park, Broughty Ferry.

The centre is a volunteer run horse riding school that has done outstanding work with children and adults all over the region who have complex needs.

Pupils have enjoyed the use of the centre over this academic session and staff believe that The Brae exerts a positive influence on users and promotes improvement in language and communication skills as well as in muscle tone, balance and coordination.

Pupils and staff at Grange felt that the centre deserved all the support that it could muster and earlier in the year staged a series of fund-raising events to help the charity.

The main event by Grange pupils was a concert held in January that explored the cultures of children around the world.

It costs around £150,000 a year to run the centre, all of which must be fund-raised as it receives no grants from the government or council.

Two pupils from Grange visited the Brae centre recently to present the cheque to centre manager Mary Sneddon.

Mary said: “I was absolutely delighted when Grange came up to present the cheque to us.

“It’s great to have the additional benefit of the support of the parents and the staff and it makes us feel that our work is really worthwhile.

“We have a good working relationship with Grange, and other schools in the area, and I hope we can build on that in the future.”

Neave Petrie, of P1A said: “I like to visit the Braes to see the horses riding around.”

Her companion on the day, Angus Harrison-Smart, P7, added: “I think it’s interesting to watch how the centre works, how the horses are cared for and watching the riding lessons.”