Lowcountry law firm pays it forward

      JOHN'S ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV)Mount Pleasant-based law firm Richardson Patrick Westbrook and Brickman is wrapping up its 10 Months of Giving campaign by paying it forward to a local organization that helps hundreds of people with disabilities.{}

      The law firm presented a check for $5,000 to Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, an organization that helps improve the lives of individuals dealing with conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, vision and hearing impairments and other debilitating diseasesthrough horseback riding.{}

      The money will help fund scholarships, so the students can receive therapy at the facility at little or no cost to them.{}{}

      Coordinators at Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding were pleasantly surprised to hear news of the donation.{}

      "Its really amazing for someone to call up out of the blue and say they want to donate $5,000," executive director Murray Neale said Wednesday. "It's what keeps non-profits going and it's wonderful! It will be used for many, many children with disabilities."{}

      The nonprofit serves students from the private sector as well as a lot of disabled children who come from public schools and special education classes.{}

      Each month since February, RPBW Law Firm has donated $5,000{}to a different local charity. Starting Oct. 1, the community has the chance to vote online for which of the nine charities that got money earlier will receive an additional $10,000 in donations.{}{}{}