• The Stables, Babelake Street, Packington, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1WD
  • 01530 382 116
  • info@phoenixcharity.org

Ann Black

Charity Trustee
  • Experience:

    5 Years

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  • Phone:

    01530 382 116

I first got involved with the charity through my son Xander (pictured here). I visit the charity on a weekly basis with my Son and feel the charity supports our needs and is amazing therapy for Xander. He loves to play his violin to the ponies, who react to his music which is a lovely sight to see.   A little about Xander: Alexander Black or ‘Xander’ as he likes to be known is a local young man we have had real pleasure in getting to know. We are currently funding RDA lessons to aid Xander in achieving his Duke of Edinburgh Award. Xander, from Coalville in Leicestershire was born with Downs Syndrome and had severe jaundice at birth, he was 7 years old when he said his first word and 10 before he picked up a pen. His mum, Ann doesn't like the terminology of Xander being ‘disabled’ and finds him sometimes excluded from the many activities she tries to get him involved in. Here at Phoenix we concentrate on encouraging children to realise what they can achieve through sensory and music therapies and the RDA.   For this reason Xander and his mum have embraced the opportunity to have riding lessons at Wenlo and Meadow RDA as well as joining us at Phoenix HQ to look after our ponies and on collections.   Ann reports that these lessons are a valuable contribution to his interaction skills, confidence and ability to take instruction when learning.

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