Labour Of Love
A not for profit organisation in Wales is doing its bit to help pregnant women in some of the remotest parts of the world. SaddleAid, which is based on Anglesey, designs and makes inflatable saddles for emergency use, equine therapy and lesiure activities. With the help of their donkey, Queenie, the organisation has developed a saddle which can be used to carry heavily pregnant women to medical facilities to give birth, and also help those people who have mobility issues to experience the pleasure of riding a horse, pony or donkey. The saddles, which weigh around 8kgs when fully inflated, were successfully trialled in 2012 in mountainous regions of Afghanistan where they were used to transport women in labour. Now SaddleAid is looking to train local people to make the saddles using readily available and low cost materials. The project is being supported by the Welsh Government via Hub Cymru Africa whose Cat Jones said “The time to get to the facilities can often put both the mother and baby at risk, so a device like this can make a real difference when access to roads and vehicles is often not possible, but where many families have access to a horse, pony or donkey”. Time to saddle up.