WE WON!! 3476 VOTES!

Thank you for helping us to win National Lottery Funding!!

Jo and Giles would like to send a massive Thank You to everyone who voted for “Whispering Ponies” in the People’s project. Massive thanks to everyone who has worked so hard to help Bodster CIC get votes – both on the Island and the mainland. It shows how a community and people pull together.

“It means we can buy the horse box. It means we can use the money to train up volunteers. It means we can carry this on and develop it and produce immediate photographs to give to people we visit. It means we can visit lots and lots of places on the Island with our ponies and develop an intergenerational project where young and old can share their love of ponies.”

Michael Lilley, IOW Councillor

Bodster CIC is an amazing community project which helps so many especially those with dementia, learning difficulties, mental health issues, and young people in care. I have seen it in action and seen them work with individuals that have not responded well to other forms of therapy but responded amazingly to the Bodster ponies. They get amazing outcomes for the most marginalised in our community and deserve to be finalists and win. If they win, the Island will gain much needed funding.

It is important to note that over the years Isle of Wight Council has supported Bodster through grants from Community and Adult Education and they always over exceeded their outcomes so IW Council should highlight Bodster as a project of Excellence. We can share in their success. I am so proud they are finalists.