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A desperate plea for help has gone out from an equestrian centre for the disabled in the Midlands that is in danger of closing due to an outbreak of strangles.

North Warwickshire Equestrian Centre in Galley Common, Nuneaton, went into quarantine in February and manager Debbie Bradshaw said they need money to keep the charity going.

She said: “The vets say the earliest we can open again is October. It’s a nightmare. We’ve let two members of staff go but there are still three staff members caring for the horses.

“We’re supported by donations, with our able-bodied riders effectively funding the disabled riders, but of course, they are now riding elsewhere. We need £12,000 desperately. It’s not looking good. We’re the only equestrian centre in the area.”

Eighteen horses at the stables are now suffering from strangles, with another two having had the infection but now clear.

The centre has offered therapeutic riding for disabled adults and children for over 25 years.

Trustee of the centre Dr Harjit Singh said: “I am in the process of trying to arrange some sort of rescue plan. I have spoken to various people including local and county council officials and I have had a long meeting with our accountant. Everyone is being very helpful.”

If you can help please contact Debbie Bradshaw on 07946 064239.