A pair walking 500 miles around the county with two horses in aid of charity are set to arrive at Beverley Racecourse later today.
Setting off on Boxing Day, Sarah and Nicky from Autism Angels and the I Choose Life foundation are walking with therapy horses Akua-Blue and Riley in order to raise awareness and funds for Autism, Mental Health and the power of Nature, with a target of £5,000. They have arrived at Beverley on day 19 of their walk, having set off from Nidderdale’s Summerbridge, and will be lodging in the racecourse’s racehorse and stable staff accommodation over night.
The charity are based in beautiful countryside near Harrogate and own a number of therapy horses they use to help those and the families of those living with autism. Spending time with horses is widely recognised as being beneficial to mental health; as the charity’s site explains: ‘Horses are reactionary animals and have a range of emotions that create powerful and honest immediate feedback. Working with this model enables individuals, families and professionals to gain new insights into how they communicate, empower and connect with themselves and the wider world around them. When we couple this with our coaching approach, we create a very powerful platform to illicit change and empower you to lead your best life yet.’
They are also unphased by arriving in the middle of a storm, acknowledging: ‘This is possibly the worst time of the year to do a walk like this but we have chosen to do so because it is also such a powerful time of the year. January is when most people feel alone, depressed, the rates of domestic abuse rises and the amount of children being taken into care peaks significantly. Parents who have children with additional needs make up a high part of those statistics. We hope to raise money so that those who are most affected can get quick and life changing support from the team at Autism Angels.’
This is the second time they charity has undertaken such a walk, which last year was done the opposite way round Yorkshire and in the company of a husky! You can stay up to date with their progress on Facebook here, or donate to this incredible undertaking here.