Return of annual nativity at Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy in Bransgore
A HOST of live animals starred in a nativity performed by an equestrian charity which supports and teaches people with learning difficulties and disabilities.
This year's performance by the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy featured students alongside horses, donkeys, sheep, and reindeer, and included an a cappella version of Silent Night including Makaton sign language.
It also saw the launch of the charity's Raise the Roof fundraising campaign which aims to collect enough to replace the roof of the indoor riding school.
A spokesperson said: "The indoor riding school is a vital component of the Further Education Through Horsemastership course as it ensures our students can receive specialist education all year round.
"The replacement of the roof needs to be carried out by specialist contractors at an estimated minimum cost of £250,000."
The centre, which incorporates Fortune College, offers residential and day programmes to people aged 16-25 to help them to live as independently as possible.
Students can achieve accredited qualifications, develop communication skills, independent living skills, self confidence and skills for working life.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/fortunecentre