Unicorn Centre

Student yolunteers visited the Unicorn Disabled Riding Centre in Hemlington before Christmas to help decorate and transform the corner of the arena into a Santa's grotto for the centre's Christmas pony ride.

The Christmas pony ride takes place in the centre's main arena, with a backdrop of festive decorations. The children participate in a horseback obstacle course before heading to the grotto to visit Santa. They needed help to transform the centre into a Christmas wonderland which made a perfect Make A Difference Day activity for student volunteers.

The Unicorn centre provides riding therapies to over 200 disabled adults and children from the Tees Valley area each week.

Joe Waistell, 22, one of the volunteers said: 'I'm really pleased with the end result, the little corner we decorated looked magical. I hope the children love it.'

Emily Richardson, 25, Volunteer Co-ordinator at Unicorn said: 'It really does look beautiful, the students did a marvellous job. I have worked here for two years and I know the children will love it. A lot of effort has been put into transforming the area.'