We’re Big On Your Community: Olivia’s Special Horses, Co. Meath

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Over 120 local causes across Co. Meath share donation of €32,000 thanks to customer votes in the Tesco Community Fund

Local cause Olivia’s Special Horses gets backing from Meath community

In Meath alone, over 120 local good causes have shared a donation of €32,000 since the launch of the Tesco Community Fund initiative last year.

One community cause which that was nominated for the Tesco Community Fund was Olivia’s Special Horses. Established in September 2014, the charity was set up in memory of Olivia Doyle who sadly passed away at the age of 11 in February 2014. Despite Olivia’s profound disabilities she had a huge love for horses and outdoor life. This prompted her mother Emma Donohue to pursue a career in Therapeutic Riding to aid other children and adults with special needs.

Olivia’s Special Horses aims to facilitate children and adults with physical, emotional and cognitive disabilities. Therapeutic horse riding has been used to help children with autism. This activity is said to benefit the communication, motor skills, and social skills of an autistic child. The donation was used towards a summer fun day for children in the local community who could benefit from this unique service.

“We rely on donations and fundraising events,” says Trish Flood of Olivia’s Horses. “We have had amazing feedback from parents regarding our camps and it was great to be able to use the donation from our local Tesco store toward a camp day for the children in the local community who could benefit from the service we offer. We know from our own experiences that it can be extremely difficult to find activities suitable for children with special needs.  We were delighted to be chosen as a charity for the Tesco Community Fund.”

Tesco customers across Meath have been quick to show their support for the wellbeing of their local community, voting to support more Autism Support Services than any other county.