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Campaign to save disabled riding group in Hampshire

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A campaign is underway to raise thousands of pounds to replace the dilapidated roof of a disabled riding school in Medstead, Hampshire.

The asbestos roof and guttering at Broadlands Riding for the Disabled Group has been in place since it opened in 1955.

But recent assessments show it is no longer fit for purpose and if it can't be replaced within the next few months, the centre could be forced to close.

The facilities are in need of an urgent upgrade. We also need to build a Hay Barn and Viewing Gallery to improve the viewing facilities. And we would like to install cost efficient LED lighting and white fencing to enable us to run after-school classes through the autumn and winter months for more state-school children who are currently unable to ride during school time.

– Nigel Hoppitt, Broadlands
There are now visible cracks in the asbestos roof

The work will cost £185,000. Some has already been raised and with the help of the Rotary Club of Four Marks & Medstead, a global crowdfunding site is rapidly gaining support.

The demand for Broadlands' services is greater than its current provision, so if it can raise enough money for this first phase of works, it would like to expand its facilities.

Since it opened more than 65 years ago, Broadlands has helped more than 4000 adults and children with disabilities reap the therapeutic benefits of horse riding.