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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Pony charity benefits from Children in Need

A LOCKERBIE charity has thanked everyone who donates to Children in Need after they were given a grant.

Sports Driving Unlimited (SDU) received £36,000 and featured on this year’s BBC telethon show.

The grant will help fund the care and welfare of the ponies which make such a difference to the lives of children and young people facing disadvantages in Annandale and Nithsdale.

SDU, which works closely with the Chariots of Fire Equestrian Centre in Boreland, owns ten ponies, each selected for their calm and friendly temperament which are essential to the disabled children’s pony driving experience. They also need to have the strength and energy required to provide a driver with the thrills of cantering around the field and competing at events.

Chairperson Brenda Hodgson explained the funds will go towards the cost of looking after the ponies for the next three years.

She added: “We are so grateful to the BBC Children in Need Appeal for these funds – and to the millions of people who donate to the appeal each year. I hope they know what a difference their money makes, especially as the cost of things like feed, the farrier, harnesses, veterinary care and rugs are increasing all time.

“SDU currently funds activities for over 200 disabled young people in the area. This grant will contribute to improving the lives of so many disabled young people and give them an exciting and challenging experience to enjoy.”