Foster Carers donate pony to help children with disabilities


Belfast Trust foster carers Linda and Sammy Boyle gave some early Christmas cheer to the Incartus Pony Foundation when they gifted Roxy the Falabella horse to the organisation which is based at Burn Equestrian Centre.

Roxy will be assisting children with learning and physical difficulties who attend the free riding lessons and free school holiday camps at the equestrian centre based on Belfast Trust’s Knockbracken site.

Linda’s passion for horses is equalled only by her passion for fostering. She and her husband Sammy have fostered more than 36 children and young people during their 21 years as foster carers. The couple recognise the therapeutic benefits for children of caring for a horse and spoke warmly of how the children they have looked after to date have always taken a keen interest in helping to care for the Falabella horses they breed. Says Linda,

“I am thrilled that Roxy is going to such a good home where she will be helping children with additional needs learn to ride and become confident around horses. I know that Roxy will particularly enjoy visiting local schools when working with the Incartus Pony Foundation.”

Fostering Service annual Christmas Coffee Morning

The Trust Fostering Service also recently held its annual Christmas Coffee Morning for foster carers at Belfast Castle. Speaking at the event, Lesley Walker, Co-Director of Children’s Services, recognised the high calibre of care provided by foster carers and thanked them for “another amazing year of work” during which there was a 20% rise in the number of children needing placements.

If you are interested in finding out more about fostering for Belfast HSC Trust, contact the Trust fostering service on 028 9504 0057 or visit