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On a very hot day in July a group of 24 soldiers gave up an afternoon to volunteer at Helping Hooves UK.
Community First were contacted by Worthy Down a British Army barracks located between South Wonston and Kings Worthy near Winchester to ask if we could help them to find a worthwhile volunteer task for their soldiers. The group of 24 were on a training course for 11 weeks at the barracks and having spent most of their time in a classroom they were keen to get outside and help the community.
We contacted Helping Hooves UK who were delighted at the prospect of the Army to help around their extensive grounds.
Helping Hooves UK shares the gentle companionship of horses, alongside other wellbeing activities, to help alleviate the effects associated with illness, injury or other trauma. Working alongside health and wellbeing professionals, they help individuals, families irrespective of capacity or diagnosis in a range of accessible countryside settings. They have two sites near Winchester
The 24 soldiers helped to clear out 2 large outbuildings at The Snug, a converted Victorian granary, near Winchester working very efficiently by forming a human chain to pass the contents from one side of the field to the other and sorting it into several piles for disposal. Once this job was completed they dismantled and packed away a large marquee in the grounds that had been used for recent events held at the site.
The volunteers enjoyed being out in the countryside and helping a worthwhile charity, a welcome contrast to weeks of training in the classroom. Helping hooves are extremely grateful for the Army’s help.