Axis Foundation funds horse riding lessons for youngsters in Inner London.

Ebony Horse Club is a charity that runs a horse riding programme for young people in inner-city communities. The project benefits social housing residents from the London Boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark and Wandsworth. It enables children aged 8-16 to experience an activity rarely available in urban areas.

£2479 from the Axis Foundation will pay for 72 children to participate in a two day horse riding introduction course. Keen riders can then to take part in a six-week follow-on programme, also covered by the donations.

“We know from the success of two pilot projects that there is a strong and consistent interest in horse riding from children living in these communities,” explained Neighbourhood Investment Officer, Maud Gambier-Ellis. “Unfortunately very few families in social housing can afford to access this type of activity for their children, so they miss out.”

The charity has over 16 years experience working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and has recently opened in Loughborough (Lambeth), one of the most deprived wards in the country.

Children are encouraged to take part in many other educational activities including: educational visits, residential trips, and being sponsored for equestrian studies.

Axis Foundation Trustee, John Hayes: “We’re happy to support a cause that provides children with limited opportunities the ability to gain new experiences and skills, in this case the basics of horse riding and caring for animals. But that will also help with the wider development of their listening, communication and team working skills.”