£100,000 to support disabled riding groups across the UK
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has awarded grants to 21 of its groups totalling more than £100,000. RDA’s grants programme has been made possible thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery and BT Supporters Club. Funds have been allocated to specific projects aimed at increasing the number of people who can benefit from the charity’s activities.
The projects made possible by the grants include: the purchase of horses, a new carriage, a mounting platform, vaulting equipment and the setting up of an after school riding club.
“The range of projects we have been able to fund thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery and BT Supporters Club demonstrates the creative ways that groups are tackling the growing demand for RDA activities,” says Ed Bracher, Chief Executive at RDA.
Caroline Sanderson, a volunteer at Lincolnshire Wolds RDA, which has received funds for a new carriage, said: “We are extremely fortunate to have access to beautiful countryside and with the benefits of a purpose built carriage our disabled carriage drivers will be able to enjoy outdoor areas that they would otherwise not be able to access.
“This special carriage means that we can offer this activity to even more people from the local area. One of our drivers has a dream to eventually take part in an event and we hope that we can make this a reality for her.”