£25,000 boost for Avon Riding Centre

Published on: 27 Oct 2017

Avon Riding Centre for the Disabled is to receive a £25,000 Community Award from the Freemasons following an unprecedented public vote.

The charity was one of several to be nominated by Freemasons in Bristol, with local people voting to decide the level of their Award. They were part of 178,801 people who voted across England and Wales.

The Community Awards are a major part of Freemasonry’s 300th anniversary celebrations. The Masonic Charitable Foundation is distributing three million pounds to 300 charities across the country, with the public vote deciding on the range of Awards from £4,000 to £25,000.

Yvette Whiffen, Centre Manager at Avon Riding Centre said: “We’re thrilled that our friends and supporters voted for us to receive this grant of £25,000. It’s not just the money - although that will make a huge difference to our work - it’s also the feeling that we’re so well-supported locally. It’s wonderful to have some good news in what has been a tricky year for us.”

Alan J. Vaughan from Bristol Freemasons said: “We are delighted so many people voted in Bristol. Avon Riding Centre was nominated by local Freemasons and I know they will use their £25,000 grant to continue with their outstanding work.”

The Avon Riding Centre is going to spend their grant on the purchase of two horses and their training, the resurfacing of an outdoor paddock so it becomes all weather and not muddy and extending their car park. This will allow them to host the regional riding disability championships. 

Tim Brunton who is a Charity Steward for The Freemasons of Bristol was joined by Les Bakos from Moira Lodge (a newly joined mason). He was so impressed by their operation that he has now put himself forward as a volunteer.  

Other local projects also received a substantial donation including £15,000 for Bristol Underprivileged Children’s Charity, £6,000 for Bristol Playbus Project and £4,000 for Bristol District Tranquilliser Project.

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