The Donkey Sanctuary in Templepatrick has been awarded a grant of £,1513.82 from The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland’s Telecommunity Fund to pay for outdoor play equipment for children with additional needs.
The Sanctuary’s centre co-ordinator Lorraine Nelson said that the funds would make an enormous difference.
She said: “This is fantastic news. We have been able to buy some equipment we’ve always wanted such as a climbing frame which will allow us to make the most of our outdoor space for summer. I can’t wait to see the children climbing all over it for the first time.
“We’ve also been able to buy a special musical frame and a ‘squeeze’ machine - which applies deep pressure to the body causing a calming effect which is often used by children with autism.
“We’re really very grateful to The Parents and Friends Association for applying to the community fund on our behalf and we are grateful to the fund itself for recognising how valuable our work is to the community and to children with additional needs.”
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland manages donations by individuals and organisations, matching them up with suitable worthwhile causes.
The Donkey Sanctuary provides over 6,000 riding therapy sessions for children with additional needs from across the province each year. For further information please visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/therapy/belfast or contact the centre in Templepatrick on 028 9332 4647.