Helping Hands supports Algarve disabled riders

Two young adults from the Associação Portuguesa de Paralisia Cerebral (Portuguese Cerebral Palsy Association) in Faro have been funded by Helping Hands in The Algarve charity to receive a year of therapeutic horseriding lessons at the Pinetrees Riding Centre, near Almancil.

The Faro association offers rehabilitation of clients with disabilities or neurological incapacity. It has nearly 600 clients from newborn to 50 years old, the majority being from underprivileged families.

The riding lessons funded by Helping Hands develop control of posture and motor ability, balance, muscular tone, coordination, stimulate independence and improve cognitive abilities. The lessons also provide opportunities for recreational activity and social interaction.

The Helping Hands in The Algarve charity has, for several years, supported a variety of worthwhile causes locally including the Bombeiros, disadvantaged families and Loulé children’s home. During 2018, Helping Hands has been extending the range of people benefiting from its support.

Members of the Committee from Helping Hands were invited to watch and take part in one of the therapeutic riding lessons and were “impressed by the obvious benefit to the young adults with cerebral palsy as well as the care and professionalism of the staff from the Associação Portuguesa de Paralisia Cerebral and the owner, Bev Gibbons, and her staff from the Pinetrees Riding Centre”.

Helping Hands in The Algarve is continuing to extend the range of causes supported and has recently started funding of eye care for children and young adults with visual difficulties in the São Brás de Alportel area through the local council.

The next fundraising event is a fun Quiz Night at the old Freguesia (parish council) office on Rua Dr Silva Nobre, opposite the east end of the Municipal Market in São Brás de Alportel, on Tuesday, February 5 at 7.45pm.

Further information about how to support Helping Hands in The Algarve can be found on the charity’s Facebook page.

Photo: Bev Gibbons, owner of Pinetrees, and Roger Marshall from Helping Hands in The Algarve Committee.