It’s the 1st of March 2018. Christmas is long gone. The weather is miserable. Storm Emma is about to hit. Reasons to be cheerful are few and far between. Then, it happens. The R2R inboxes bleep and the impending meteorological doom is forgotten (until we try to get home!). A new nomination has arrived – and it’s the 200th!
The best thing about what we do here at R2R is reading stories of the amazing people who are out there making a real difference, impacting lives and helping their communities.
The nominations we receive on a daily basis are compelling, moving and inspiring. In a world where negative news leads, they are a refreshing antidote and a reminder that it’s not all doom and gloom. The Hidden Heroes we read about epitomise the best of both the charity sector and humanity as a whole.
Of course, we had our fingers crossed that the 200th nomination would encapsulate everything R2R is about, and struck gold when TheHorseCourse put forward Jo. Here’s an extract from her nomination:
“Jo has worked for TheHorseCourse for more than three years and every day since she started has gone over and above the call of duty with commitment to her work, our participants, her colleagues, our 12-strong herd of horses and her own quest for never ending self-improvement. We are a charity using horses to work with some of society’s most disadvantaged and challenging people from the age of eight upwards. We work in a revolutionary way to improve mental health and change problem behaviours using horses. Jo is a highly trained facilitator who works on a one-to-one basis with our participants, who in some cases exhibit extremely challenging behaviour. Jo is unfailingly kind, patient and understanding with them all, and has a particular talent for the extremely anxious ones, achieving remarkable results and significant improvements in their confidence in only five days. She is almost always the last to leave and the first to arrive. She is also the first to volunteer to mend the fences out in the field, even in the worst weather conditions and on top of her teaching always makes sure the welfare of the horses is her top priority, making sure they always have enough hay, warm enough rugs on and have any health concerns addressed promptly. On top of all this Jo has also willingly taken on the responsibility of writing all our policies. She is always willing to give her time to help new colleagues with advice and support, always with a smile and no hint that she might have 101 other things to do!”
Sometimes things are just meant to be. Jo is a wonderful example of a Hidden Hero and TheHorseCourse are both long-term partners of R2R and a fantastic, innovative charity. The fact they are based in Weymouth – enabling us to pop down and meet Jo for a film – was the icing on the cake!
Reaching such a significant milestone is the perfect time to both assess how far we have come, and how much there is left to do.
200 down, many, many more to go!
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