Erica Fulton, WindReach’s new executive director, derives obvious pleasure helping these children feel at ease around a donkey. *Photo by Lance Furbert
Erica Fulton, WindReach’s new executive director, derives obvious pleasure helping these children feel at ease around a donkey. *Photo by Lance Furbert

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24: Erica Fulton has been a familiar face at the WindReach premises in Warwick since she was just a teenager.

At 14 she was helping children with special needs as part of the therapeutic riding programme.

And more recently she’s been a regular volunteer for the charity’s various initiatives and fundraising projects including the Adaptive Sports Programme.

So, it comes as no surprise she has been chosen to take the reins at WindReach and take over from Lance Furbert as executive director.

She said: “WindReach and what used to be called Therapeutic Riding was very much a part of my life growing up in Bermuda.

“I was really into horses as a teenager and always enjoyed working with the children up in Warwick.

“I would always come back to Bermuda in my school holidays and help out with the horses in any way I could.

“It’s an honour to be asked to take charge of such an important charity, and a little bit daunting too.

“But I’m excited and looking forward to the challenge.”

Ms Fulton officially took over as the new executive director on August 15.

The 30-year-old Bermudian previously worked for the Friends of Hospice charity which supports Agape House.

She gained a Masters Degree in Charity Management at Roehampton University in London between 2007 and 2008. During her studies at Roehampton Ms Fulton wrote her thesis on WindReach in Bermuda.

Ms Fulton, who recently gained her Therapeutic Riding Instructor’s qualification, told the Bermuda Sun: “WindReach is a wonderful organization that provides essential programmes in the community.

“I have committed a lot of time, energy and passion into it in the past and am looking forward to continuing to do this.

“At the moment I would not say I have any grand ideas of changing things because what we do is great.

“The staff know what they are doing and things work well.

“But there is always room to improve and I hope we can branch into new areas and develop partnerships with other groups.”

At present the charity is running its Explorer’s Summer Camp and that will continue until the end of the month.

The next event on its schedule is the WindReach Harvest Festival, which will take place on October 29.

The charity is also looking at bringing back its music programme for children and adults with special needs later this year.

To find out more about any of these upcoming projects call 238-2469.