Making memories with Halo: Sophie’s first pony ride

Halo Children’s Foundation is a charity based in Hayes which helps to support bereaved children. One of their aims is to provide positive experiences for the children and to help them build new happy memories. We started going to the monthly group with Sophie a couple of months after Jessica died. Sophie has enjoyed being with the other children and taking part in the various activities. This month, we had some four-legged visitors to the group – two beautiful Shetland ponies.

 

Sophie riding a brown and white Shetland pony - "Making memories with Halo - Sophie's first pony ride"

 

The children all had the opportunity to ride the ponies around the park near where Halo is based. Sophie had never ridden a pony before and was very excited about getting to ride one for the first time.

 

Sophie wearing a hard hat ready for her pony ride

 

She was very confident getting on the pony and holding on to the front of the saddle as the pony trotted around the park. As you can see from the big smile, she loved her first pony ride.

 

A very smiley Sophie riding a white and brown Shetland pony

 

As soon as she’d finished and got off the pony, she was back in the queue again to have another go. This time she got to ride the other pony. There were lots of big smiles again and a few waves for Mummy.

 

Sophie riding a dark brown pony

 

There was plenty of time and the opportunity for more pony rides but Sophie was quite happy with having ridden on both ponies and the outdoor gym equipment was now more appealing.

 

Sophie sitting on the outdoor gym equipment with her cat ear muffs on

 

I love how she was quite good at managing to operate most of it despite it all being far too big for her!

 

Sophie on some outdoor gym equipment

 

She also had fun picking up handfuls of leaves and pretending to be an autumn tree. This involved gathering lots of leaves and then throwing them up in the air. Simple autumn fun at its best.

 

Sophie holding a handful of autumn leaves in each hand

 

It was a lovely mild day and Thomas also enjoyed lying on his mat in the sunshine and getting to kick his arms and legs about.

 

Sophie sitting next to Thomas who is lying on his mat

 

Making memories without Jessica is, and will always be, very bittersweet. I’m grateful though for the support that Halo offers to Sophie and for the opportunities for making new happy memories that the group helps to provide.

 

Sophie stroking one of the ponies

 

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10 Comments

  1. November 27, 2018 / 1:43 pm

    Aww! What a wonderful charity. It looks like Sophie had such a fantastic time. x

    • Louise
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      November 28, 2018 / 11:01 pm

      Thank you Kim, she loved it x

  2. December 1, 2018 / 11:38 am

    Awwww, she looks like she really enjoyed herself! My Little Miss is desperate to have a go on a pony! And Halo sounds like a fabulous charity.
    #CountryKids

    • Louise
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      December 15, 2018 / 8:50 am

      It is such a lovely charity. So glad to have come across it.

  3. December 3, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    Sounds like a great supportive group to be a part of #CountryKids

    • Louise
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      December 15, 2018 / 8:51 am

      They are a great group.

    • Louise
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      December 15, 2018 / 8:52 am

      She had such a lovely time riding them 🙂

  4. December 6, 2018 / 11:23 am

    What a wonderful organisation Halo is, and a fabulous safe place to ride a first pony. Great work on the outdoor gym too, and of course the best outdoor games ever with autumn leaves #CountryKids

    • Louise
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      December 15, 2018 / 8:57 am

      Halo is such a wonderful charity. I’m glad for Sophie that she has this group to go to. Autumn leaves are always fun to play with 🙂

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