Staff from Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust took the day off work to help out at the Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled, where they spent their time painting, carrying out maintenance jobs and gardening.
They were taking part in an annual event in memory of Liberty’s founder Bill Rouse when all 300 staff worldwide close their offices and spend the day serving their local communities.
“It was a great help to us as we are trying to raise £53,000 to replace the roof of our indoor riding school so we were delighted the staff from Liberty were willing to give up their time to help out with important maintenance jobs that we will now not have to pay for,” said stable manager Jo Fletcher.
Other Kings Hill companies also helped out, with Domino’s donating pizzas which were made by manager Agneta Balciuniene and delivered to the team for lunch by Ilona Isuf. Landscapers Coblands provided trays of brightly coloured bedding plants.
“Liberty has had a strong connection with the riding school since the early days of Kings Hill when one of the school’s founders, Roy Barnes, and our founder, Bill Rouse, became friends,” said organiser Caroline Binns, Liberty’s associate director of marketing and leasing.
“The riding school is a lifeline for many disabled people and their families and it was a pleasure helping such a worthwhile cause.”
Leybourne Grange Riding Centre for the Disabled was set up in 1992 by councillor at the time Roy Barnes and former solicitor Janet Bowen to provide recreational and therapeutic riding sessions. It has now expanded to include stabling and also provides lessons for non-disabled riders.
Anyone who is interested in helping the riding school raise the £53,000 it so desperately needs, please call 01732 872844.