A Wayne County foundation delivers a grant to fund horseback riding for brain injury survivors
WALWORTH — A Wayne County Endowment Grant provided a group of Bridges for Brain Injury members the opportunity to participate in Hippotherapy, or adaptive horseback riding.
According to a press release from Bridges for Brain Injuries, 10 members were able to take weekly lessons at the Hillrise Equestrian Center in Walworth.
“It’s been 40 years since I’ve ridden a horse. It helps me remember my childhood," said James Marshall, a Bridges for Brain Injuries member. "I’m so thankful for the experience. Grooming them helps me to relax.”
Bridges for Brain Injury is a non-profit organization that provides rehabilitative services to adult survivors of brain injury and physical disabilities in the Finger Lakes, Rochester and Southern Tier regions of New York. The mission of Bridges is to help individuals bridge the gap between surviving from a terrible tragedy or illness to living lives of independence with dignity and hope, by preventing nursing home placement and supporting community living.
The Wayne County Community Endowment grant of $2,800 grant offers brain injury survivors an opportunity to learn about the care of horses and to experience riding a horse. Adaptive horseback riding, or also known as Hippotherapy, is well known to help individuals suffering with the debilitating effects of brain injury and related disabilities to improve their physical, mental and emotional quality of life.
The Wayne County Community Endowment Fund supports the county’s changing and evolving needs. Each year the foundation distributes thousands of dollars through grants, helping many non-profits carry on their work. An advisory committee comprised of local residents active in the community reviews and recommends grant proposals that focus on improving the health, well-being, and quality of life for Wayne County residents. The Wayne County Community Endowment Fund is an affiliate foundation of the Rochester Area Community Foundation.
For more information on Bridges or how you can support its community efforts, visit www.bridgesforbraininjury.org, visit the Bridges Facebook page or call 585-396-0070.