Golfers chip in to raise £4,400 for pioneering Swansea community horse and pony project

22 August 2016

A pioneering community project in Gowerton, Swansea, which helps both people and horses has received a £4,400 boost from a fundraising golf day organised by Cardiff housing developer Lovell.

Sixteen teams played in the golf tournament held by Lovell at the Whitchurch Golf Club, just north of Cardiff, with players drawn from Lovell and the company’s subcontractors, clients and consultants.

The money raised will benefit the Community Horse and Pony Scheme (CHAPS) based at Gowerton, Swansea. The scheme rescues and rehabilitates defenceless horses and ponies that have been subject to a range of abusive and traumatic experiences. The project promotes good horse welfare and best practice in urban communities as well as providing a range of outdoor educational and aspirational opportunities.  CHAPS helps vulnerable and socially excluded individuals gain valuable life skills, qualifications and work experience through therapeutic activities in a safe, rural environment.  CHAPS is supported by Gwalia Trust, part of Pobl Group.

CHAPS manager Katie Double says: “The CHAPS team are absolutely delighted by the generous donation raised by Lovell at the golf tournament. The money raised will have a huge impact upon the horses that are rescued by the scheme. It is only through donations such as this that we can continue to save the lives of horses and ponies that have been abandoned, neglected and abused. This sizable donation will allow the project to feed the rescued horses for six months. I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to Lovell, without this support we would be unable to continue the great work that we do.”

Lovell regional director Kate Rees says: “Having heard about CHAPS through our partnership with Pobl, we’re delighted to be able to support this inspiring community project.  We’ve been greatly impressed by the achievements of CHAPS in making a difference to the lives of both people and horses locally and we hope the money raised by the golf day will help support the organisation’s many activities in the community.

“We’d also like to thank everyone who was involved in and contributed to the success of our golf tournament. This was the 23rd time we’ve held the event and we were once again overwhelmed by the help and support we received from Lovell staff and our supply chain partners as well as the organisations and individuals who generously contributed prizes for our charity auction.” This year’s golf event was won by a team from MG Plumbing.

The tournament was followed by a dinner and charity auction at the Whitchurch Golf Club, with entertainment in the form of a golf trick shot show by professional golfer Dean Davis.

Lovell is currently working with Pobl in Newport, helping deliver Loftus Garden Village, Pobl’s modern garden village which will bring 250 brand-new homes to the heart of the city, in a landscaped setting with tree-lined streets, parks, kitchen gardens and a community orchard.