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We need your help. It costs around £3,000 per month to run Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre which includes the general care of all our horses, ongoing vet bills and the provision of our Ponies Educating Diabetics and Siblings (PEDS) programme. Your donations improve lives and every pound makes a difference. Thank you.

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Why give to us?

At Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre we rely upon the generosity of our supporters. Because you give to us we can continue the provision of our PEDS programme and upkeep of our horses. We support children and family members with diabetes through equine-assisted therapy. We believe that equine-assisted therapy can provide both physical and mental health benefits for all.

Through your giving we are able to support up to 70 young people each month. We give them the opportunity to learn more about their diabetes and how to manage their own condition.

Facts about Diabetes
  • Approximately 400,000 people are currently living with type 1 diabetes in the UK, with over 29,000 of them children
  • Incidence is increasing by about four per cent each year, particularly in children under five, with a five percent increase each year in this age group over the last 20 years
  • Type 1 diabetes affects 97 per cent of all children with diabetes in England
  • 90 per cent of people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes have no family history of the condition
  • Although it used to be referred to as ‘juvenile diabetes’, around half of newly diagnosed cases are in people over the age of 18
  • The UK has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes in the world, for reasons that are currently unknown
  • A person with type 1 diabetes will have around 65,000 injections and measure their blood glucose over 80,000 times in their lifetime (Diabetes facts provided by JDRF).

Choosing to give to Hampshire Riding Therapy Centre helps us to educate young people and family members about diabetes. This reduces the likelihood of complications and the related strain on the NHS.

Complications usually develop silently and gradually over time. Knowledge of the warning signs and regular check ups are therefore important to prevent potential health issues.

The most common complications can be classified broadly as:

  • Damage to the large blood vessels of the heart, brain and legs (called macrovascular complications)
  • Damage to the small blood vessels (microvascular complications) causing problems in the eyes, kidneys, feet and nerves

The parts of the body that can be most affected by diabetes complications are heart and blood vessels, kidneys, eyes, nerves, gums and feet.

As a result of living with type 1 diabetes for a few years subtle changes can occur to the organs containing non-insulin requiring cells. However many type 1 related complications don’t show up until you’ve had the condition for many years, sometimes decades.