A group of National Lottery winners who won combined prizes worth more than £20 million have given up their time to help transform the premises of an equine therapy charity.
The founder of Leicestershire-based The Way of the Horse said she was lost for words after an “army” of 24 lottery winners from across the Midlands turned out to help with painting, planting, new fencing, and the creation of a new workspace in one of the charity’s barns.
Near Broughton, the not-for profit organisation uses 10 horses to offer self-help programs for trauma victims, as well as NHS staff who needed help during the Covid pandemic.
The programme of improvements took place after a call for assistance from charity volunteer Terri Picton-Clark, from nearby Lutterworth, who won a £1 million Lotto prize with her husband in January.
The 69 year-old woman has worked at the charity since 2019. She also issued a post-2021 lockdown request to other National Lottery winners for help in transforming the site.
Dina Shale, founder of Way of the Horse, was inspired to help others after she suffered childhood trauma. She was also treated in the USA by an equine psychotherapist. Before setting up the charity, she studied and trained in the discipline.
Dina said: “I am lost for words. The amount of work undertaken today by this group of National Lottery winners has been amazing.
“I can’t thank them enough. In just one day they have transformed a working farm into a colourful, warm and welcoming environment which will have such a positive and therapeutic effect on those who visit us.
“When Terri told me she had arranged for her new National Lottery friends to visit I didn’t realise she had raised an army. The effort everyone put into their tasks was amazing and genuinely inspirational.
“It brought tears to my eyes. I don’t have enough words other than simply thank you!”
Terri added: “If you don’t ask, you don’t get, so I came up with the idea of a makeover for our farmyard and now we have new driveway and entrance fencing and all our buildings have been painted including containers, barns and stables.
“It’s amazing to see these people just come together and give something back.”
The Way of the Horse has also received National Lottery Community Fund grants, totalling more than £265,000, to help it provide courses and help to its service users.