With just three weeks to go, 35 year-old Amy Clements from Rotherham, South Yorkshire decided to challenge herself and start training to run in the Windsor Half Marathon at the end of the month (29 September) in aid of The British Horse Society’s (BHS) ‘Changing Lives through Horses’ (CLtH) programme.
CLtH uses the power of horses to inspire change in young people who are disengaged from society. Many of the young people taking part are amongst the 843,000* people aged between 16-24 who are not in employment, education or training, or are at risk of becoming, NEET - not in education, employment or training.
It is a unique alternative education programme that provides an opportunity for participants to learn vital new life skills, supporting them to reconnect with society, whether they choose to work with horses or explore a completely different career path.
Having been the Yorkshire Regional Manager at The British Horse Society for over nine years, Ms Clements has seen the positive impact that this programme has on its participants first-hand:
“Most people probably think I’m mad giving myself only six weeks to train but having seen the impact that this programme has had on young people over the years; it was a fundraising opportunity that I couldn’t miss. The campaign has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2016 but the funding needed to continue its brilliant work is reliant on the generosity of public donations which will allow us to deliver the scheme to those young people who need it the most.”
To follow Amy’s journey or donate to her Just Giving page, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/amyandmelissa.
for more information on the CLtH programme, visit: https://www.bhs.org.uk/changinglivesthroughhorses.
Changing Lives through Horse programme is available at two locations in Yorkshire
- Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre LLP was established in 1991. A family-run business with purpose-built equestrian training facilities, whatever your aims and ambitions.
- Wilsden Equestrian Centre is now the new home of Throstle Nest Riding school, a well-established centre, with has had approval for over 20 years. It is a centre with excellent facilities, including two new indoor arenas, three classrooms and viewing.