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Hippotherapy at Heel & Toe

Children with disabilities will receive horse therapy thanks to Durham Freemasons. 

More than 100 children with disabilities in the North East of England will receive specialised therapy in the form of Hippotherapy at Heel & Toe Children’s Charity, thanks to a major grant from Durham Freemasons. 

The £60,231 grant will support Heel & Toe Children’s Charity’s new therapy known as Hippotherapy which is a technique that uses the movement of a horse to treat a variety of conditions, in this case children with disabilities and complex needs. Hippotherapy uses the horses’ regular rhythm of walking to improve children’s balance, strength, joint range, righting reactions, tone, flexibility and sensory processing which are essential in the development of motor skills. 

The funding will make a significant difference in the lives of children and their families by providing this unique therapy. Heel & Toe are working in partnership with Washington Riding School to help local children with disabilities and complex needs in the North East and surrounding areas. 

Heel & Toe Children’s Charity provides a range of therapies to children with disabilities and complex needs. The charity provides Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Conductive Education, Hippotherapy, Hydrotherapy and Massage Therapy to children aged between birth and 19 years old. 

The charity has two therapy centres based in Chester-Le-Street, County Durham. A land based therapy centre based in Pelton which incorporates five therapy rooms and a Hydrotherapy Centre based in Perkinsville which incorporates a Hydrotherapy pool, a Sensory Integration Room and Re-bound therapy room which uses a sunken trampoline that helps work on core stability and balance. 

This project will allow children to access a 45 minute session of Hippotherapy per week. Children with a wide range of challenges and diagnoses can benefit from hippotherapy, including Cerebral Palsy, developmental delay, genetic conditions, downs syndrome, coordination disorders, neuromuscular conditions amongst others. 

The grant from Durham Freemasons to Heel and Toe comes through the Masonic Charitable Foundation, which is funded by Freemasons, their families and friends, from across England and Wales. 

Heel & Toe Children’s Charity Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Tweedy said: 

John David Watts from Durham Freemasons, said: 

In the pics :- John Watts, Paul Quinn, Amanda Tweedy, Jo Parsons, Emily and her daughter Florence

Thank you from Jane Long, Development Executive

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