A HAMPSHIRE store drafted in some serious muscle to help launch its fundraising campaign.

Two ponies from Broadlands Group RDA (Riding for the Disabled) were in Alresford to raise awareness of their work and set the Southern Co-operative’s campaign in motion.

The group, based in Medstead, provide therapeutic riding for those with learning and mental disabilities.

Its chairman of trustees, Nigel Hoppitt, was joined for the event by head of Alresford Town Council, Councillor Lisa Griffiths, and the Co-op’s retail business manager, David Fulton.

Broadlands will be the sole recipient of Co-op’s community support card campaign, receiving up to £15,000.