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Kier Commits To Supporting Local Charity


Published by Rebecca Jackson for Kier Services in Housing and also in Communities

Leading repairs and maintenance provider Kier has committed to supporting the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Wear Valley Group Riding Centre for Special People in East Durham. The full-time riding therapy centre, in Bishop Auckland, offers opportunities for people from the age of four upwards with a wide range of disabilities to socialise and develop new skills.

Every week, Kier receives requests for assistance and sponsorship from many different organisations. In order to discuss and review these requests, the company set up a Corporate Request Committee to vote on which organisations are most appropriate and likely to benefit from Kier’s support.

At this quarter’s meeting, Kier committed to helping four organisations, including the RDA Wear Valley Group Riding Centre for Special People, which is based in Durham, as well as two children’s football clubs in North Tyneside including Coast Soccer under 14s and Tynemouth United under 11s.

Launched in 2007, the riding school provides activities such as indoor and outdoor riding lessons for individuals or groups, carriage driving and stable management. It also offers day care provision where riders can spend the day helping and learning how to care for the centre’s horses and other small animals.

Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “We are more than happy to support such a worthwhile organisation and hopefully, through our support, the riding school can develop so that even more disabled people can participate in these activities to help encourage social inclusion.’’

Wear Valley Group Riding Centre for Special People chairperson, Kath Scales, said: “We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Kier for its support of our charity, which will be directly used to provide essential equipment to keep our centre in County Durham open supporting the local disabled people who rely on our facilities. We look forward to working with Kier over the next year.”

Kier has supported a number of community events and last month completed a refurbishment project of Peterlee Methodist Church. The company supports several local good causes and has also raised money for national charities including Comic Relief, Children in Need and Macmillan Cancer Support.


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