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FUNDRAISING: Garston based volunteer to abseil in Brighton to support riding centre

 Published on: 29th July 2021   |   By: Kumail Merali   |   Category: Uncategorized

Jenny Bridger, a volunteer for Penniwells Riding for the Disabled, is set to complete a 531ft abseil to raise money for the riding centre.

Jenny, 35, is aiming to raise £15,000 to install a new lift at Penniwells. This lift will enable disabled riders to mount horses with a lot more ease.

She will complete the abseil in Brighton on the morning of August 7 alongside fellow rider, Paula Netley, who is registered blind.

The last five-and-a-half years of Jenny’s life have been dedicated to volunteering at Penniwells and she claims that the benefits to her mental health are countless, even going as far to say that her work has kept her out of hospital. 

Volunteering has also played a part in Jenny building up strength following a football accident in 2017, in which she nearly lost her left leg.

Jenny has struggled with mental health issues since her early teenage years. She was sectioned in mental health units for some time and would use her free time to visit and volunteer at Pennywells. 

Thankfully, Jenny has stayed out of mental health units for the last three years. 

She admits that she still has some dark times, but having contact with animals helps her remain positive

Speaking about her struggles, Jenny said: “In the last year I have been battling anorexia, however by volunteering I have managed to keep my weight from dropping any further as if I did have the strength or energy I wouldn’t have been able to muck out and help to look after the horses or ride.”

Penniwells provides a unique experience for those who are disabled and the £15,000 they are aiming to raise is crucial for enabling everyone to ride. 

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