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Saturday 20 September 2014

Kind riders collect over €2,000 for Blossom Ireland

Nicola Donnelly

Published 18/03/2014 | 05:32

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One of the participants who took part in the fundraiser for Blossom.

OVER €2,000 was raised for Blossom Ireland through a successful fundraising event at Mooreside Equestrian Centre in The Naul.

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The event, which was held in conjunction with The Dublin/Meath Farmer's Hunt, saw over 70 riders and horses take part with events put on for the younger riders such as Lead Rein events and jumping events.

'The riders on The Dublin/Meath Farmer's Hunt got sponsorship and started and finished their hunt at our equestrian centre,' said Antoinette Kane, owner of Mooreside Equestrian Centre. 'It was a great family day out and we had other events at the centre for the rest of the day.'

Blossom Ireland which was founded by two mothers, Auveen Bell and Orla Crowe, relies totally on fundraising and donations to help keep it going.

Avueen's son Rory (11) and Orla's son Max, also 11, who both have intellectual difficulties inspired them to set up the camp to offer them the same opportunities as other children.

Founded in 2010 and based in Greenhills in Raheny, the aim of Blossom Ireland is to provide respite care to families with children with special needs by providing safe, secure, fun and stimulating activities for the children during out of school hours.

Currently, they provide dedicated occupational therapy-led camps and after school activities for children with intellectual disabilities aged between eight and 14 years.

'Recently we have expanded from summer activities to holding Hallowe'en and Easter camps and Yoga classes after school,' said Auveen.

With so many needing their help, Blossom Ireland is expanding and every cent raised helps to provide care and services for children who need them.

'In addition to our camps, we are developing more services during out of school hours,' says Auveen.

Blossom Ireland receives no funding from the HSE or any other State Agency and relies 100 per cent on donations and fundraising.

'We would like to thank everyone who has fundraised for Blossom Ireland over the past three years and want to thank Mooreside Equestrian Centre and The Dublin/Meath Farmer's Hunt.'

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