£100,000 boost to riding centre thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery

Major Grant awarded to Ravelrig RDA to help build new indoor arena

A massive £100,000 grant has been awarded to a riding group in Scotland thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The grant, awarded by Riding for the Disabled Association to Ravelrig RDA will boost funds towards a new indoor arena.

Ravelrig currently supports over 100 children and adults with disabilities in the local area. The centre recently expanded its activities to support a group of military veterans – a project that was also supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The Group delivers an outstanding service to its riders, but activities currently take place outside throughout the year – even in winter. The new facility, which will also include a club room, toilets and viewing gallery, will bring riders, volunteers and horses indoors for the very first time.

As well as providing a more effective environment for existing clients, having a roof over their heads will allow the group to expand its activities year round, enabling up to 30% more people to benefit from the therapy and fun of horses.

“We are delighted to be awarded this grant,” said Barbara Johnstone of Ravelrig RDA. “It has come at a key time to encourage, motivate and boost our development plans. We can’t thank players enough for the support they give to RDA – it really does change lives.”

The cheque was presented to the group at RDA’s AGM, where Jo Bucci, Managing Director of People’s Postcode Lottery gave a presentation about their support of RDA. “Charities supported by our players can choose exactly how they allocate funds – and this project at Ravelrig is a great example of the amazing difference those funds can make.”

“This year we have been able to run small, medium and major grants programmes to help as many of our 500 groups around the UK as possible,” said Ed Bracher, Chief Executive of RDA UK. “This one off major grant gave us the chance to support a group undertaking a big project, and we were really impressed with the standard of the bids we received. In selecting Ravelrig, our grants panel have identified a great project: well-organised; lots of local support; far-reaching plans and a great vision for the future of RDA in the area.”

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(Left to Right: Barbara Johnstone of Ravelrig RDA, Jo Bucci of People’s Postcode Lottery and Sam Orde, Chairman of RDA)

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