Children taking part in the Mini GEAR are encouraged to raise a small amout of money to help a local cause.

They can, of course, choose any charity of their choice - or opt to support the event's official partner charity.

In 2017, the official partner charity is the Magpie Centre. 

The Magpie Centre is a dedicated Riding for the Disabled stable, just outside Downham Market, which each week gives over 130 people riding or carriage driving lessons. 

The Centre provides riding and carriage driving lessons for children, young people and adults with a wide spectrum of physical and learning disabilities.

The lessons provide constant physiotherapeutic exercise and help to build confidence, self-esteem and communication skills. The aim is to give each rider and carriage driver, whatever their ability, the opportunity to take control of their pony within a supportive and structured environment and perhaps most importantly to have fun, interact with others and get active.

To learn more about the Magpie Centre, visit their website, here

 Magpie Centre