Thanet Disabled Riding Centre needs your vote to win funding in The People’s Projects

Thanet Disabled Riding Centre has been shortlisted in The People's Projects

Thanet Disabled Riding Centre, is calling on local people to help them secure £63,880 of National Lottery funding by voting for them in this year’s The People’s Projects.

Thanet Disabled Riding Centre in Broadstairs is one of five groups in ITV Meridian East in the running for a share of almost £250,000 of funding. If successful, the centre will be able to continue to provide riding and therapy sessions to Thanet’s disabled community benefitting them physically, mentally and socially.

The centre also hopes the extra financial security will make it possible to add a new pony to the equine team which would help reduce the long waiting lists and benefit more people.

The centre was founded over 40 years ago by group leader Nora Setterfield MBE, who is now 83, alongside her friend Rowena Young.

During the next few days, Thanet Disabled Riding Centre will showcase its project, Essential Running Costs – Keeping Thanet Disabled Riding Centre Operating on ITV Meridian East at 6pm. To be in with a chance of winning, Thanet Disabled Riding Centre is calling on viewers to support its bid.

Voting opens at 9am on Monday 15th May at

Nora Setterfield Photo Steven Collis

Nora Setterfield MBE, Thanet Disabled Centre founder, said: “The People’s Projects has given us an amazing opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, secure this additional much-needed funding.

“If we win, our project will make a real difference to our local community by allowing us to continue to provide riding and therapy sessions to our disabled community benefitting their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We now need local people to get behind us, to show their support and vote.”

The People’s Projects not only delivers vital grants to the heart of UK communities, but also raises awareness of the work of the 95 shortlisted community groups vying for the public vote.

Photo Steven Collis

In each region, the three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £70,000. The runner’s up in each region will be offered up to £10,000 towards their project, bringing the total funding up for grabs for communities across the UK to over £4 million.

David Knott, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “The People’s Projects delivers much-needed funding to the heart of communities and showcases the incredible efforts of hard-working projects across the UK. The short-listed groups are truly inspirational, each delivering life-changing support to their community in different ways. It is now time for the public to have their say in how vital National Lottery funding is used in their area to make a difference to people’s lives, particularly in these challenging times.”

Since it started in 2005, The People’s Projects has awarded around £45 million to over 1,000 good causes.

Voting opens at 9am on Monday 15th May and closes at noon on Friday 26th May. Visit The People’s Projects website to view the projects –

Thanet Disabled Riding Centre is based at Maurice House,

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    • Via the link in the article, voting goes live on Monday so you won’t be able to vote until then

  1. Kathy Bailes:- Some of us have short memories 🙂 Please can you republish this article on Monday as it is a very worthwhile cause and benefits so many.

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