TAKING ex-racehorses into the classroom will be much easier at Greatwood after special help from horse products distributor Al Basti Equiworld.
Greatwood, the charity which combines the delivery of pioneering education programmes with the rescue and rehabilitation of former racehorses, officially unveiled a new facility on Friday, funded by Al Basti Equiworld.
It will allow the charity based near Marlborough to expand its teaching programmes, which are designed to educate disadvantaged children and develop life skills in young adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
The classroom at the charity was formally opened today by Arun Menon, general manager of Al Basti Equiworld, which distributes horse feeds, supplements and veterinary products, and the company has also agreed to fund the salary of a newly-appointed teacher for the next three years.
Racehorse owner, sponsor and Founder of Al Basti Equiworld, Malih Al Basti said: “I was introduced to Greatwood last year and was immediately impressed by the work they are doing with horses and children.
“The charity is unique both in its approach to education and the rehabilitation of former racehorses no matter how severe the need.
“I am delighted with the way the classroom looks and hope it will help Greatwood to enrich the education of young people for many years to come.”
Helen Yeadon founded Greatwood with her husband Michael in 1993 and said: “We are enormously grateful to Al Basti Equiworld for their support of this project which will enable us to provide enriched learning opportunities to some of the most socially and educationally disadvantaged children in our community.”
Jane Muir-Brooks is the new SEND teacher whose appointment is being funded by Al Basti Equiworld.
Pictured, General manager of Al Basti Equiworld Arun Menon formally opens the new classroom with Greatwood co-founders Helen and Michael Yeadon.