Racehorse Rescue Centre

731. Nigel Wood (Carlisle)

Nigel Wood, from Carlisle, founded the ‘Racehorse Rescue Centre’, a shelter that rescues former racehorses and runs free programmes for veterans, disabled people and vulnerable young adults.

The centre houses up to eight ex-racehorses at a time and welcomes groups from around the country to participate in free riding lessons, educational sessions and outdoor activities. Nigel works with schools, colleges and probation services to provide opportunities for those who may not otherwise have access to these
experiences. The centre has also recently partnered with ‘Combat Stress’ to facilitate equine therapy sessions for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. A number of people visit on a weekly basis and Nigel is planning to open an education centre this summer so that his work can reach more people.

In a personal letter to Nigel, Prime Minister Theresa May said:

“The innovative programmes you offer at the ‘Racehorse Rescue Centre’ are providing unique opportunities for those who would not otherwise have access
to these experiences. Your centre is changing the lives of vulnerable people across the country, while providing a safe and secure environment for rescued horses.”

Nigel said:

“It is a great honour to receive the Points of Light award on behalf of all the volunteers past and present who have helped build the foundations of the charity. Without their dedication and commitment we would not be where we are today. By inspiring young people to achieve their dreams, through our free programmes using former racehorses and support from the community, we will continue to grow.”

The daily Points of Light award recognises outstanding individual volunteers - people who are making a change in their community.

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