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WE'VE WON A STAR AWARD!

    

Hurrah! We've just heard that we've won a Star Award in the Care and Compassion category of the South Tees Heathwatch Recognition Awards 2021! So proud of everyone at Team Unicorn for going the extra mile to enhance the health and social care experience of care users, relatives and staff during a very difficult time. Listen to Neil Green's Radio Tees interview this morning with Chair of Trustees Jackie Rubin.  It's 2hrs 50mins in. https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p09bnhyq

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PRESS RELEASE: NATIONAL UNICORN DAY WILL STILL GO ON!

 

BABY UNICORN SPIDER

National Unicorn Day on 9th April will be a bit different this year for the Riding for the Disabled Association’s Unicorn Centre in Hemlington, Middlesbrough.

Previously it had used this special day to fundraise for the Centre with a range of activities including the opportunity to ride a pony in a Unicorn-themed arena, and visit a Baby Unicorn.

The Unicorn Centre, a registered charity, is a purpose built riding for the disabled facility which offers riding therapy and learning and training opportunities for around 200 disabled adults and children from the Tees Valley area each week.  Opened in 1998, the Centre is an established part of the local community, with a strong contingent of about 100 local volunteers who assisted with riding lessons each week prior to Covid-19.

However, due to the current government Covid restrictions, on-site activities including fundraising are severely curtailed, so the Centre has turned to online fundraisers instead with a Show and a Raffle.

Classes at the Unicorn Day Show include arts and crafts, storytelling, photography and baking and cost £1 or £10 for unlimited entries. Entrants can join the Centre’s Facebook Online Show group https://www.facebook.com/groups/473597863819085and follow the instructions how to enter online and pay.

The Centre is also running an online raffle to also help the Centre weather the Covid storm.  The first prize is an Apple IPhone and there are loads of other fantastic prizes to win including signed books by children’s author Julia Donaldson. Visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NUDRaffle21to see the list of prizes and buy tickets. The draw will be made on Monday 12th April 2021 and winners posted on social media and the Centre’s website.

Centre Manager Claire Pitt said, “These events are the brain child of our Friends of the Unicorn Centre Group, who are busy working on fundraising projects for us. They’ve been inspired by the success of our online Dog Shows, and decided to run a similar one suitable for anyone to take part. I hope we get lots of entries.

She continued, “Covid-19 has hit the Centre really hard, and we’ve had to severely restrict the services we can offer on-site. This has had a massive impact on our income, and without grants and the generosity of the public we probably wouldn’t still be here. It’s been difficult for everyone, but we’re hoping everyone will support us once again to help us carry on until we can safely re-open for riding once again at the Centre.”

19.03.21

 

 

MARCH 100 CLUB WINNERS 

The lucky prize winners are:

£20 Doris Wilson No 6

£10 Michael Allen-Mulroy No 5

Congratulations and thank you for your support!

If you would like to be in with a chance of winning monthly cash prizes in our 100 Club, see our Fundraising Page for details.

 

NATIONAL UNICORN DAY RAFFLE IS NOW LIVE

Our online National Unicorn Day Raffle is now live! The first prize is an amazing Apple IPhone and there are lots of other fantastic prizes to win. So please head over to www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/NUDRaffle21 to see the list of prizes and buy your tickets now!

The draw will be made on Monday 12th April 2021 and winners posted on Facebook and our website. Good Luck and thank you for supporting us!

 

MISSING THEIR RIDING ACTIVITIES – BUT GETTING FIT IN FEBRUARY

      

PHOTOS: Participant Olivia Fairclough riding horse simulator Blackberry during the visit of HRH the Princess Royal to the Centre in February 2020.  Photo credit Dawn McNamara.

Connor Darby who’s running the Manchester marathon for the Unicorn Centre.The Riding for the Disabled Association’s Unicorn Centre at Hemlington continues to be severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen its on-site activities stopped for most of the time since the first lockdown started almost a year ago.

PRESS RELEASE ISSUED 14.02.21

Two Supported Volunteers, volunteer Sue, and rider Olivia explain why they’re missing the Centre so acutely:

Participant Olivia Fairclough said, “I miss riding as it’s a big part of my physiotherapy. As I am paralysed it helps to strengthen my core muscles. Horse riding also makes me happy and I look forward to riding every week. I was hoping to start training and start doing dressage competitions this year.”

“My name is Nikki i am an s.v and I miss working at the centre because it's like my second home and I miss working with the horses and ponies because I love them and my work. I have been at the centre 10 years and it's a place I feel like I really belong.”

“Hi I am nicole miss all the horse and pony and all staff. I am miss my best horse he call thunder cant wait when it open again and miss my ridding lessons because my wight was lost when I was ridding and working at unicorn centre and I was eat healthy when I was at unicorn centre and miss my friends at unicorn centre and we had fun and they with my friends and miss the competitions love from Nicole.”

Sue, volunteer, “I have volunteered for a number of years at the Unicorn Centre and it has become an important part of my life since retirement. Not being able to volunteer regularly due to lockdown means that my days are less fulfilled, I miss the joy of working with the lovely participants and of course I’m missing the ponies and all the friendly staff and volunteers.

“More importantly though my two Grandsons are not able to have their weekly riding lessons.  They both have cerebral palsy and their interaction with the ponies brings a sense of achievement that is so important. They both miss their friends at the centre very much and can’t wait to get back.”

The Centre delivers many online activities, training and fundraisers to support the riders and volunteers and now Team Unicorn is running a Fit for February Campaign to encourage its supporters to get fit and rid those Covid Curves.  One of the events is a competition to "Guess how many kilos the horses have lost" for £2 a go.  People are asked to guess how many kilos horses Thunder, Alby and Louie have lost in total by the end of February to win 1 year's Adopt a Pony membership.  Enter at www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/FitforFebruary21 leaving your name and your guestimate in the Comments to be in with a chance. 

There are also a range of free online Zumba sessions, including chair-based ones for the less active.  Further information can be found on the Centre’s Facebook page: RDA Unicorn Centre.

Claire Pitt, Centre Manager said, “Lots of people are supporting our campaign, and we’re so pleased that Connor Darby, former competitor and  local young business start-up  wants to help too by running the Manchester Marathon in October in aid of the Centre.  He’s pledging to run 100km throughout February as part of his training, so we’re hoping lots of people will sponsor this amazing challenge.“

For further information contact Claire Pitt, Centre Manager on 0642 576222.

 

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The Unicorn Centre provides riding lessons and therapy for children and adults from 5 years old, both disabled and able-bodied. The Centre's horses and ponies are carefully chosen for their temperament, size and ability to work with disabled riders, and a hoist facility for mounting onto ponies is available for wheelchair users... read more