No horsing around, it’s a huge boost for centre

A cheque for �5000 being presented to The Pegasus Centre in Morpeth byClaire Potts and Diane Topp from Piramal Healthcare.
A cheque for �5000 being presented to The Pegasus Centre in Morpeth byClaire Potts and Diane Topp from Piramal Healthcare.

A MORPETH business jumped at the chance to support a nearby equestrian complex.

The £5,000 donation by Piramal Healthcare to The Pegasus Centre in Tranwell will enable it to expand its activities for disabled riders and courses for Northumberland residents of all ages.

Centre Manager Martin Peagam said: “This is a magnificent gesture. It will make such a difference to us and gets 2012 off to a great start.”

The £1.2million facility came about through a partnership between the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure and the former Castle Morpeth Council, then Northumberland County Council.

It includes both indoor and outdoor arenas and is the home of the Morpeth RDA Group, which gives people with disabilities the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health through horse riding and educational activities.

Group Chairman Louise Spriggs said: “We are delighted to accept this fantastic donation.

“It will make such a difference to so many lives.

“On their behalf we thank everyone at Piramal for their generosity.”

The company offers commercial contract services to the pharmaceuticals industry through its fully integrated manufacturing facility, which is less than a mile away from the centre.

One of the representatives who went along to present the cheque, Claire Potts, said: “Piramal is delighted to be able to support The Pegasus Centre with this donation.

“We have seen today what wonderful work they do to enrich the lives of people with disabilities and know that our donation will be put to good use.”

l Meanwhile, the centre is putting on activities for young people in the first part of half-term.

On Monday, those aged eight and over will have the chance to try their hand at archery.

In conjunction with Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure, it will provide instructors to teach budding Robin Hoods some bow and arrow skills.

The session will run from 11.30am to 1pm and the cost is £3 per person.

Youngsters will have the opportunity to learn about horse-grooming and ride one of the centre’s ponies on Tuesday between 9am and noon. The cost is £30 per person and places are limited. Those who attend need to wear suitable clothing.

Booking is essential for both events by telephone on 01670 518219.