Matthew is 27 years old and he has always loved horses. Matthew began riding at Bank Farm near Chesham with Anne Coney. He was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was 18 years old and we thought he would not be able to ride again. When I heard about carriage driving Matthew was very excited at the possibility of being involved with horses once again. Matthew has a MENCAP carer who brings him from Chesham most Mondays which is his favourite day of the week.
Matthew is very shy and has many difficulties, his carriage driving has given him confidence and he has made many wonderful friends. He has enjoyed some lovely trips with the group - he has been to the Royal Mews (shown here with Terry Pendry, the Queen's stud groom), Christmas event at Windsor Castle and Christmas dinners in Windsor Great Park to name just a few.
I would like to thank everyone involved in the driving group - Matthew and myself are so grateful that he has been given this opportunity.
Matthew and Carol