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Little Barn Hydrotherapy received £29,000 to build a canine hydrotherapy centre

Hereford business Little Barn Hydrotherapy has received a £29,000 grant through the Herefordshire LEADER programme.

LEADER (funded by the European Union and managed by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs), aims to encourage growth of the local economy by funding rural businesses such as:

  • Micro and small enterprises, including farm diversification
  • Rural tourism
  • Increasing farm productivity
  • Increasing forestry provision
  • Provision of rural services
  • Cultural and heritage activities

Ruth Punshon was inspired to set up Little Barn Hydrotherapy by her Border Collie Ziggy, who was suffering from muscle wastage and osteoarthritis. The LEADER grant was used to part-fund a small barn conversion into a canine hydrotherapy centre. Ruth says:

“The funding has made my dream for a canine hydrotherapy centre a reality and the building has far exceeded what I had hoped for. Little Barn Hydrotherapy provides fitness or convalescence opportunities for dogs in the county, and can help them to manage debilitating physical conditions. The LEADER grant was used to part-fund the conversion of our small barn into a professional hydrotherapy centre that I am very proud of!”

Councillor David Harlow, Herefordshire Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Communications, said:

“The Herefordshire LEADER programme has given access to funding for eligible rural businesses that provide such an important contribution to the Herefordshire economy. Herefordshire Council can give advice and access to a range local business grants and community group funding, and I would encourage all local businesses and community groups to explore the range of funding and grants that may be available.”

Businesses and community groups can explore the range of funding and grant options available in the county at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/funding

View the range of canine hydrotherapy services Little Barn Hydrotherapy offers at www.littlebarnhydrotherapy.com

Published: Friday, 31st August 2018