I love spending time with the drivers and ponies at Sports Driving Unlimited, especially seeing the joy that it brings to everyone. To raise funds I am running the 5k at She Runs the Night in Edinburgh (http://www.sherunsthenight.com/She_Runs_The_Night_UK/Edinburgh_She_Runs_The_Night.html) with the amazing Avz keeping me company. This wonderful cause is very close to my heart and all funds are very much appreciated.

About Sports Driving Unlimited (http://www.sportsdrivingunlimited.org.uk):

Sports Driving Unlimited provides opportunities for people of all ages with impairment, terminal illness or who are disadvantaged to take part in the exciting and challenging sport of pony driving. We are unusual in that we can involve whole family groups in our activities. Our enthusiastic professional trainers are skilled in encouraging each driver to get the most out of the experience and grow in confidence.

Why the community needs us

We provide unique opportunities for people with impairment to enjoy a thrilling, therapeutic activity with ponies - blending the exhilaration, excitement and adrenalin rush of carriage driving with the expertise of developing individual confidence, motivation and achievement. Through active involvement people with impairment can benefit from a tremendous increase in self esteem, confidence, motivation and achievement; all vital in helping them cope with the challenges of everyday life.

Our impact on the community

Our success can be measured by the demand that continues to increase. Most of the people who try sports carriage driving want to continue and develop more skills. Every week people with a wide variety of different impairments attend sessions at the driving centre come rain or shine; the weather never puts them off! They experience improvement in motor skills; increase in confidence and mental well being; increased ability to learn and absorb new skills; improvements in core muscle tone.