SOS for new RDA premises

Two Riding for Disabled groups based at a yard in Albourne, West Sussex, have been told they have to leave because the premises will be closing in the next six weeks.

One of the groups, Court Meadow RDA, had only moved to the yard last summer and thought its future would be secure there. Both groups do outstanding work with members of their groups. Their work is vital at a time when there is growing demand for equine therapy of this kind.

Plenty of rosettes awarded at  a special day for Court Meadow RDA at the premises

The second group there is the South Downs RDA group-one of the longest established groups in the country and totally reliant on its volunteers who are the backbone of its team. It is also a completely self-financing charity and therefore has to constantly work hard at raising funds.

Now the two groups desperately need to find new premises so they can continue with their vital work, bringing the therapy of riding to benefit the lives of disabled people.

Anyone who can help provide alternative accommodation for these RDA groups, which do so much to make riding available to disabled people, is asked to contact  Carolyn Heitman at: carolynheitman@aol.com

A spokesperson  for the South Downs RDA group said: “We currently operate on Wednesday mornings only now, having reduced our hours when we moved in June. We cater for children and adults, but predominantly children who come from a school in Hove.
“Having been in the Horsham area for many years this is where the majority of our volunteers are based, so we are looking for somewhere in between.
“We have contacted all the riding schools within a reasonable distance and are visiting some next week. Unfortunately, none of these have indoor schools, but of course this is better than nothing. It is much harder to find any private facilities that may exist, so currently just going by word of mouth locally on that.”

 

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