Charity awarded grant for horse riding for the disabled

Brockenhurst charity, the Windmill Boldre Riding for the Disabled, has been presented with a grant of £2,500 from MAXIMUS Foundation UK to fund the provision of riding sessions for children with conditions including autism and cerebral palsy.

Jennifer Lane, Treasurer of Windmill Boldre, received the award from MAXIMUS Foundation trustee Rob Winter and Joanna Rebow, who nominated the charity for the award. Windmill Boldre provides riding lessons and essential physiotherapy, to help the children improve their strength and confidence.

The grant will be used by the charity to fund the annual upkeep of a new pony, helping the charity to extend its services following the death due to old age of two of its horses earlier in the year.

The MAXIMUS Foundation UK was founded in 2015 with a remit of providing grants to local charities and non-profit organisations that support disadvantaged groups. In particular those contributing to personal growth and self-sufficiency in areas of health, employment and community development.

Marilyn Saunders, Chair of MAXIMUS Foundation UK, said: “Windmill Boldre provides fantastic opportunities and experiences for children who might otherwise never have the opportunity to ride. There’s obviously a benefit in terms of the enjoyment children get, but the impact on their strength and balance cannot be underestimated. It’s wonderful the team will be able to continue providing these opportunities.”

Jennifer Lane, Treasurer of Windmill Boldre, said: “Since we very sadly lost two of our horses earlier in the year, it’s been challenging to provide riding lessons and opportunities for all the children we’d like to. This grant will help us extend that support.”

MAXIMUS Foundation UK has donated £85,000 in grants to charities and community groups in the last year. The Foundation has called for further grant applications from local charities and community organisations.


MAXIMUS Foundation UK

MAXIMUS is a health and employment services business and for more than forty years has worked with governments around the world to provide support to a diverse range of communities. In the UK, MAXIMUS employ 4,000 staff, including more than 2,000 doctors, nurses, occupational therapists and other Healthcare Professionals. Operating from more than 300 locations in the UK, MAXIMUS is one of the largest providers of employment, health and disability support programmes in the country.

Centre for Health and Disability Assessments, Health Management and Health & Human Services are all MAXIMUS UK businesses. In 2015 MAXIMUS entered a Joint Venture partnership with Remploy, the largest provider of disability employment services in the UK.

For further information or comment from Marilyn Saunders, please contact Chris Rogers (020 7793 2536 / 07720 054189 / or Mayar Raouf (020 7463 0698 /