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Durham based Charity receives welcome boost from Durham region

31 May 2023

A Durham based children’s charity has received a £1,000 donation from our Durham region.

Heel and Toe has received the donation after applying through our Community Champions scheme.

The charity provides free and subsidised therapies to around 220 children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities every week.

In order to continue providing life-changing therapies for children across the region, Heel and Toe rely solely on support from local businesses and the community.

This donation will be used to help fund a Hippotherapy project, a new and innovative project offered by Heel and Toe following a successful pilot in 2022.

Hippotherapy is the use of horse riding as a therapeutic treatment, with the goal being improving function, gait and balance. The project is now fully funded for 12 months with classes now already underway.

Local charities, sports clubs and community groups are encouraged to apply to Community Champions which provides £180,000 of funding every quarter.

Over the last two years the scheme has donated over £1.35 million to over 1,400 local organisations across the country with winners receiving either £6,000, £5,000 or £1,000.

Natalie Duncan, Fundraising Executive at Heel and Toe, commented;

“We’re very excited to be able to offer an inclusive and innovative new Hippotherapy project at Heel & Toe.

“We aim to support children with disabilities to improve their quality of life and independence so that they can look forward to a future where possibilities and opportunities are not constrained by their disability.

“Thank you to Persimmon Homes for supporting the charity, and helping us achieve our goal of supporting disabled children across the Northeast region.”

Ed Alder, Managing Director of Durham region, added

“At Persimmon we prioritise supporting our local communities as we look to leave a lasting positive impression across Durham and wider North East.

“Heel and Toe’s Hippotherapy project will undoubtedly benefit many children and I am delighted that we have been able to support such a fantastic organisation.”

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