London Marathon 2018 – places available

Looking for a place in the 2018 London Marathon? Why not run for RDA, we have guaranteed Golden Charity Bond places available on a first come first served basis.
Runners are asked to raise £1,500 for RDA UK Charity no 244108 and there is a £100 registration fee to sign up.  All you need to do is email satkinson@rda.org.uk with your details and a brief description about how you could raise the funds for us and we can add you to our charity draw.
Good luck!

Page Last Updated: October 5, 2017

Are you an experienced Equestrian Centre Manager? RDA has an exciting vacancy….

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RDA’s National Training Centre is being built at Lowlands Farm, Warwickshire and we are looking for an experienced Equestrian Manager to lead us through the transition period. The role is an important part of this exciting project and we are looking for a confident person to take us through the set up phase, develop processes and put systems in place in time for completion and opening of the site.
Closing date for applications is Monday 3 July 2017.
Apply by email with a covering letter explaining why you would be suitable for this role along with your CV to jelliston@rda.org.uk
For more information download the RDA Transition Manager Job Description

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Page Last Updated: June 20, 2017

Work For Us At RDA National Office

We have two exciting opportunities to join the staff team at RDA National Office, please see the job adverts below for full details.

The application deadline for both roles in Wednesday 31st May.


Coaching Qualifications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Warwick

Summary of Job:
We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA coaches in delivering an excellent service to our riders.

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their administrative capabilities and organisational skills, and is keen to develop these further.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Administering all RDA coaching courses and qualifications
  • Organising and making all administrative arrangements for coaching related events
  • Handling day-to-day enquiries from coaches and ensuring the coach review system is maintained.

About you:
The role is primarily office based and we are looking for someone with excellent administration skills; in an ideal world you will have coaching and/or equine knowledge.

You will need to be organised and self-motivated, being be able to manage your time effectively; providing telephone and email support to coaches and RDA groups, whilst working on a varied range of administrative tasks.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our coaching workforce on a regular basis.

About Us:
RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people, through the provision of opportunities for riding, carriage driving and vaulting.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled people through horses and our team at National Office work closely with our coaching workforce to ensure our groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

This is a permanent full-time role, working 34 hours per week, although flexibility will be needed leading up to events, with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £20,000 per annum plus benefits.

Please ring Claire on 01926 405969 or email her on cmilican@rda.org.uk for a full job description. To apply please send a CV with covering email to cmilican@rda.org.uk.


Group Support Administrator (Maternity Cover)

Riding for the Disabled (RDA), Warwick

Summary of Job:
We are seeking a new member of staff to play a key role in supporting RDA groups in delivering an excellent service to our riders.

This role is an excellent opportunity for someone who prides themselves on their administrative capabilities and organisational skills, and is keen to develop these further.

The main responsibilities of the role include administrative support in three key areas:

  • Administering the service providing disclosure checks for volunteers
  • Providing administrative support in the delivery of an RDA national equestrian competition, held in July
  • Organising the collection of information and annual statistics from our 500 member groups and ensuring our database is kept up to date.

About you:
The role is office based and we are looking for an excellent administrator.

You will need to be organised and self-motivated, being be able to manage your time effectively; providing telephone and email support to our groups whilst working on a varied range of administrative tasks.

It is important that you are a confident communicator with exceptional customer service skills as you will be providing advice and guidance to our volunteer workforce on a regular basis.

We also value adaptability, we are looking for someone who will enjoy working on new projects and the challenges associated with a varied workload.

About Us:
RDA is a leading national charity, dedicated to enriching the lives of disabled people, through the provision of opportunities for riding, carriage driving and vaulting.

Our mission is to enrich the lives of disabled people through horses and our staff team at national office work closely with our network of national volunteers to ensure our groups are able to provide an excellent experience for those who take part in our activities.

This is a temporary role, providing maternity cover, working 34 hours per week although flexibility will be needed leading up to events, with extra hours covered by time off in lieu.

Salary is £18,000 (pro rata) per annum.

Please ring Matt on 01926405966 or email mcobble@rda.org.uk for a full job description. To apply please send a covering letter and your CV to mcobble@rda.org.uk

 

 

Page Last Updated: May 23, 2017

First #BigRideRDA completed in East

Sunday 9 April, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon

The first RDA Big Ride kicked off in glorious spring sunshine on Lord and Lady de Ramsay’s estate near Huntingdon, more famous for hosting the Secret Garden Music Festival. Five disabled riders along with five supporting riders and RDA Chairman Sam Orde mounted up, most of them on trusty RDA ponies and set off into the countryside.

For some this was their first ride of this kind. Young rider Louis who is waiting for a liver transplant had spent a frustrating two hours that morning failing to catch his pony. Luckily he was able to borrow a brilliant grey pony Mifty. As he had only ridden this pony once before in an RDA session, Louis planned to do 2 miles and was delighted to complete 6! When asked ‘What do you like to do when you are not riding? Louis answered ‘riding’.

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Sam Orde and Louis

Para dressage rider Olivia was also on a borrowed horse as she continues to crowd fund for a new advance medium dressage horse (www.gofundme.com/oliviacornickdressage to see how much riding means to Olivia after major brain surgery and subsequent challenges). Two riders rode using one hand: Para dressage rider Eleanor and para vaulter Lizzie. Lizzie put 100% effort into completing the 6 miles and had to wait a while for energy to come back into her legs at the end. Claire Cooper a rider with Downs Syndrome took up the challenge to complete 2 miles and got a good cheer on doing so.

There was a great support team and one volunteer walked and ran the whole way to help riders achieve their challenge safely. The ride was organised by Woodhurst RDA Group who raised funds for their group with 100s of  riders setting of before the Big Ride. Many of the Big Ride team came from Cambridgeshire College RDA Group along with others from across the East Region. RDA volunteers put in a lot of work to organise it beautifully.

Sam Orde said ‘It is brilliant to have the first Big Ride successfully completed. All who took part had wonderful rides in glorious sunshine. The RDA riders achieved something new while helping fundraise for the RDA National Training Centre. I am really excited about the next 17 rides happening across the UK’

Support Sam’s #BigRideRDA at mydonate.bt.com/events/bigride2017/432482

Find out more here: www.rda.org.uk/join-sams-big-ride/

Page Last Updated: April 20, 2017

Nominations for 2017 RDA Gala Awards are now open!

Celebrate achievement by nominating RDA riders, drivers, volunteers and horses for the 2017 Gala Awards.
http://www.rda.org.uk/rda-gala-awards-2017-nominations-now-open/

Winners will be presented with their awards at the RDA Gala Dinner on 26 September 2017 at The Underglobe, London.
Hosted by Clare Balding and attended by Alastair Stewart, Anneka Rice and Peter Egan.
Closing date for nominations is 22 July 2017.

Page Last Updated: April 10, 2017

Join Sam’s Big Ride

sam orde picRaising money for RDA’s National Training Centre, The Big Ride will see RDA UK Chairman, Sam Orde, complete rides or carriage drives in each of RDA’s 18 regions throughout the summer.

Travelling an average of 15km for each ride, Sam will be joined by RDA members and supporters en route.

“I can’t wait to begin this challenge, which will take me from the Highlands to Northern Ireland, Wales, the South Coast and everywhere in between. I hope to raise lots of money for the National Training Centre, and I am encouraging RDA members to join one of the 18 rides or carriage drives and raise money for their own groups too.”

Find a ride near you:

East Region  Sunday 9 April redman.tessa@gmail.com
NE & S Yorks  Wednesday 31 May bobjude@btinternet.com
Yorks & Cleveland  Sunday 28 May clairepope184@hotmail.com
South  Monday 12 June flochrane@btinternet.com
South East  Wednesday 28 June gilly_roper@btinternet.com
South West  Tuesday 1 August sue@schumacher.com
South Wales Friday 4 August judith.england@btconnect.com
Northern Ireland  Sunday 20 August rdaniregion@yahoo.co.uk
Yorkshire & Cleveland (ride 2) Wednesday 23 August purpletracy@hotmail.co.uk
W & Central Scotland  Wednesday 13 September susanduncanmillar@hotmail.com
Grampian & Highland  Sat 9 September gandhrda@aol.com
North West  Sunday 17 September sheilas@nantwichcc.co.uk
North Midlands  Friday 22 September dencorrall@gmail.com
North Wales  12/13 October rdanwaleschair@outlook.com
West Mercia  Tuesday 17 October anonamay@btinternet.com
Mid West  Sept/Oct lizzieblair@btconnect.com
Greater London  Sept/Oct mike.locke@outlook.com
North  tbc carolebarr2@aol.com
Edinburgh & Borders  tbc lawhittaker@live.co.uk

For general information contact Sam: orde@btconnect.com

To donate to Sam’s Big Ride visit: mydonate.bt.com/events/bigride2017/432482

Page Last Updated: June 23, 2017

Make a Splash for RDA at the Lions Charity Raft Race

Wellesbourne & District and Shakespeare Lions Clubs are raising funds for RDA UK at the 2017 Raft Race.
Sign up today – Get a team together, build a raft then put the fun into fundraising by paddling your raft down the River Avon to Stratford on
Sunday 23 July 2017
a definite date for the diary!!
Find out more   http://www.raftrace.org.uk/  Tel: 07590 387 204 or email enquiries@raftrace.org.uk

Page Last Updated: March 14, 2017

RDA is People’s Postcode Lottery Featured Charity of the week

We are really pleased to be the featured Charity of the week of People’s Postcode Lottery. It’s incredible to think that over the past 3 years players have raised a total of £1.4m for RDA! Thank you so much for your support. Read more about our feature at https://www.postcodelottery.co.uk/about-us/news/four-legged-friends

 

 

Page Last Updated: February 14, 2017

RDA to feature at NAIDEX 2017

NAIDEX is Europe’s biggest and most far-reaching trade, professional and consumer show dedicated to the care, rehabilitation and lifestyle of people with a disability or impairment.RDA is an official partner for NAIDEX 2017 and will feature throughout the event.  Visitors can experience the thrill of riding the RDA mechanical horse and chat to our staff and volunteers about how they can become involved in our activities, providing life changing therapy through horses.

The show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham 28-30 March 2017  and is free to attend.  Find out more www.naidex.co.uk

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Page Last Updated: January 27, 2017

RDA National Training Centre plans to be revealed at BETA International 2017

Come and visit the RDA stand at BETA International 22-24 January 2017, the NEC Birmingham to learn more about RDA’s exciting plans to build the first National Training Centre. See us on Stand D7.7 and find out how you can help support this important project.  Download the RDA NTC Brochure  contact Sal Atkinson  satkinson@rda.org.uk or call 01926 405975.

Page Last Updated: January 20, 2017

New Fundraising Co-Ordinator vacancy

RDA UK is recruiting a new member of staff to join the Fundraising Team at National Office. We are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic fundraiser to develop the support we provide for RDA Groups across the country. This full time role is based at our office in Warwick and will involve a certain amount of travel around the UK, visiting Groups and providing fundraising advice.

To find out more download the
Fundraising Co-ordinator Job Description and How to Apply
Closing date for applications is Monday 6 February 2017. Interviews are on Friday 10 February 2017.

Page Last Updated: January 16, 2017

Grants for RDA Groups – apply now!

Does your RDA Group need funding for  new equipment, a new project or larger horse?  Then apply now for a grant from RDA UK.  Hurry, closing date is 4 November 2016.  ALL established RDA Groups in ALL locations of the UK are eligible to apply.  Good luck!

Page Last Updated: October 25, 2016

RDA launches project to build a National Training Centre

Project Patrons HRH The Princess Royal and Sophie Christiansen OBE to front fundraising appeal

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has launched a project to build a National Training Centre in Warwickshire. The Centre – to be built at Lowlands EC, near Warwick – will bring together, train and inspire the charity’s volunteers and coaches from around the UK.

The development of a National Training Centre is an exciting and robust response to some of the challenges and opportunities faced by RDA as it reaches its 50th anniversary. In recent years the charity has developed the range of activities it offers as well as the areas of training offered to volunteers (including equine welfare, safeguarding, disability awareness and volunteer management). In addition, RDA’s coaches and volunteers are supporting ever more complex forms of disability, especially in the areas of multi-disability, learning disabilities and mental health problems.

Project Patron and RDA President HRH The Princess Royal said: “As RDA looks forward to the next 50 years, this project to build a National training Centre will draw on all the experience and strength of community at Lowlands to create a vital and inspirational focal point for learning of which we can all be proud.

“RDA has built a world class reputation on the strength of its expertise, coaching and horsemanship. These are strengths that must remain at the heart of everything we do in the coming years. The Lowlands project will ensure we can maintain our high standards and develop our training programmes to ensure the best possible experience for RDA’s riders and carriage drivers long into the future.”

The Centre will be home to the four existing RDA groups that currently operate there; stables and grazing for 20 horses; indoor and outdoor arenas; training and conference facilities; some overnight accommodation and offices. As a working yard with indoor and outdoor arenas and classrooms, the Centre will provide the ideal environment for hosting practical training sessions; workshops and demonstrations as well as events and competitions. The focus of training will be putting riders’ and drivers’ needs first, and this message will be at the heart of everything that happens at Lowlands.

“As someone whose life was transformed by learning to ride with RDA, I am delighted to be able to support this project to create a National Training Centre,” said Project Patron and Paralympian Sophie Christiansen OBE. “I was lucky enough to be taught by a series of inspirational coaches, without whom I would never have discovered a talent for riding.

“RDA could see my potential as a young athlete and supported me every step of the way to the Paralympics. But achievement does not have to be a gold medal. It could be teaching a rider to sit up straight so they can go on to live independently or to be able to communicate to others to help on the journey to employment. Coaches can change lives.”

RDA needs to raise £900,000 to help develop the site at Lowlands EC and is looking for individual and corporate donors. To register your interest in the project, to donate money or to offer equipment or expertise, please contact Sal Atkinson at RDA UK on 01926 405975 or email satkinson@rda.org.uk.

Page Last Updated: October 17, 2016

RDA Trading – new job opportunity

Looking for a new challenge?  RDA is recruiting a part time Trading Co-ordinator responsible for growing sales and income from the RDA online shop and at events. This is an exciting and varied role based at RDA National Office, Warwick. Ideal candidates will have creative flair, enthusiasm and enjoy working as part of an energetic, professional team.
To find out more download the RDA Trading Co-ordinator Job Description.  Visit the RDA online shop at http://www.rdashop.org.uk/

To apply please email a full CV and covering letter, describing why you would be suitable for this role to Sal Atkinson email satkinson@rda.org.uk  Direct Dial Tel 01926 405 975

Page Last Updated: August 15, 2016

NAF announces partnership with RDA

Equine supplement company will sponsor ‘Best Turned Out’ competition at RDA National Championships

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has announced a new partnership with NAF, which will sponsor the Best Turned Out competition at RDA’s National Championships in July. The sponsorship is the first time NAF and RDA have worked together, and represents the start of a new relationship between the two organisations.

The RDA National Championships is the largest event of its kind in the world for disabled riders and carriage drivers, attracting 400 qualifying competitors over three full days of competition. Best Turned Out is entered by competitors throughout the event and recognises the efforts made by riders and their support teams to ensure horses and ponies (and their riders) look their very best in the arena.

“We are delighted to have the support from NAF for this year’s National Championships’” said Sal Atkinson, Fundraising Manager at RDA. “Best Turned Out is a natural fit for NAF – which helps to keep so many equines in top condition. Our RDA groups take great pride in how their riders and ponies present themselves in competition, and Best Turned Out is a hugely popular part of the Championships.”

NAF commented: “The RDA is such an incredible organisation, the work that they do to provide therapy and fun to people with disabilities is exceptional and is made possible by their amazing volunteers and wonderful horses and ponies. The impact that equestrian activities can have on people with disabilities is extraordinary allowing the RDA to provide so much joy and personal and physical development to everyone involved. NAF cannot wait to further develop their relationship with the RDA.

NAF are extremely honoured to sponsor the Best Turned Out prize and can’t wait to see everyone at the championships to see the effort that has gone into the turn out of the participants, horses and ponies. See you all there!”

The RDA National Championships takes place from 15 to 17 July at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. The competition is RDA’s flagship event, bringing together hundreds of disabled competitors who have qualified to take part, with over 90 classes taking place over the three days. In the past, the event has provided a springboard for Paralympian’s including Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker and Lee Pearson – all of whom started their careers with the support of RDA.

Page Last Updated: July 1, 2016

Andrews Bowen announces Official Partner agreement with RDA

Agreement includes:’ Official Surface Provider’ to RDA Groups, sponsorship of RDA Ground Crew and Gala Awards supporter

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has announced a new partnership with world-leading arena surface specialists Andrews Bowen. The company has supported RDA’s work for many years and has supplied surfaces at RDA venues across the UK, but this is the first time the two organisations have made a formal agreement.

As Official Surface Provider to RDA, Andrews Bowen, whose surfaces can be seen at HOYS, championship showgrounds at home and abroad and were the choice for the equestrian games at the 2012 Olympics will sponsor the Ground Crew at RDA’s National Championships, as well as support the charity’s Gala Awards evening.

David Andrews said: “We have been committed to supporting the RDA for many years, the organisation does great work and its horses and riders deserve arenas that allow them to get the best out of their riding. This partnership is very special and we feel privileged to be able to help.”

The RDA National Championships takes place from 15 to 17 July at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire. The competition is RDA’s flagship event, bringing together hundreds of disabled competitors who have qualified to take part, with over 90 classes taking place over the three days. In the past, the event has provided a springboard for Paralympian’s including Sophie Christiansen, Natasha Baker and Lee Pearson – all of whom started their careers with the support of RDA.

The RDA Gala Awards recognises and celebrates the achievements and commitment of the charity’s riders, volunteers and horses. This year’s event, hosted by Clare Balding, is at Drapers Hall, London on 28 September.

“We are delighted to have the support of Andrews Bowen as official surface provider and sponsors of these two significant areas of activity,” said RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher. “Our Championships Ground Crew – staffed entirely by volunteers – is a natural fit for Andrews Bowen. They work tirelessly throughout the event to prepare every competition arena to create the best possible experience for our horses and riders.

“The Gala Awards is a huge celebration of our work and relies on corporate partners to ensure it is a night to remember for everyone involved. We are grateful to Andrews Bowen both for their support of RDA as a whole and the service they provide to our groups across the UK.”

Andrews Bowen technical surfaces have become the first choice across all equestrian disciplines from top level show jumping , dressage and polo through to arenas for the world’s top riders.

Its surfaces have won favour with riders thanks to the 360° thinking behind the technology that delivers support for the horse and performance advantages for the rider. Andrews Bowen’s design team is made up of competition riders and, for them – it all starts with the horse. Its surfaces support horses’ natural movement and provide consistency, for more fluid movement and surer footing.

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Page Last Updated: June 15, 2016

RDA is recruiting two new Fundraisers to join the team!

Capital Fundraising Officer, Trusts and Grants
Fixed term two year contract
Salary £25,000 + benefits
Based in Warwick 

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK) is a dynamic national voluntary organisation delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to more than 28,000 people with disabilities. Demand for RDA activities is high and in order to meet this demand the current fundraising team is expanding and a new capital fundraising campaign is being launched. This post is a great opportunity to help us provide more opportunities for disabled adults and children to take part in activities and receive life changing therapy through horses. The ideal candidate will have recent experience of leading a successful Capital Fundraising campaign and a proven track record in securing substantial grants from Trusts and Foundations.

This is an exciting role for the right person – a creative, energetic team player. 

The post is a fixed term two year and is full time.

For more information download the Capital Fundraising Officer Job Description
To apply please email a CV and covering letter, explaining why you think you would be suitable, to satkinson@rda.org.uk Tel 01926 405 975. 
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Fundraising Officer, Major Individual Donors
Fixed term two year contract
Salary £25,000 + benefits
Based in Warwick 

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA UK) is a dynamic national voluntary organisation delivering opportunities for therapy, achievement and enjoyment to more than 28,000 people with disabilities.Demand for RDA activities is high and in order to meet this demand the current fundraising team is expanding. This post is a great opportunity to help us provide more opportunities for disabled adults and children to take part in activities and receive life changing therapy through horses. The ideal candidate will have recent experience of securing gifts from high net worth individuals and a proven track record of successful fundraising.

This is an exciting role for the right person – an energetic people person.

The post is a fixed term two year and is full time. 

For more information download the Major Individual Donor Fundraising Officer Job Description  Tel 01926 405 975
To apply please email your CV and covering letter, explaining why you would be suitable for the role, to satkinson@rda.org.uk
Closing date: 24 June 2016

Page Last Updated: June 8, 2016

RDA and Wooden Spoon launch new fundraising project

Wooden Spoon, the children’s charity of rugby and RDA have launched a new charity initiative to support disabled children and young people across the UK.

In preparation for RDA’s 50th anniversary in 2019, Wooden Spoon have pledged to help the RDA fund a team of horses across the country. RDA is experiencing a growing demand for services amongst older children and needs to increase the number of bigger horses at its centres across the UK. Wooden Spoon aims to help fill this gap.

HRH, The Princess Royal, who is Royal Patron of both charities said: “I am particularly pleased as this exciting initiative combines two of my big passions, horses and rugby. Both pastimes offer a great deal to young people from all walks of life which makes the Wooden Spoon and Riding for The Disabled partnership all the more important

“In today’s world it is important for all organisations to collaborate and this is particularly the case with charities. Collaboration can lead to more of the hard earned income reaching beneficiaries. I have the privilege of seeing first hand, the good work that is done by both charities.”

Wooden Spoon Lead Ambassador, Phil Vickery MBE said: “Last year Wooden Spoon reached the milestone of having granted in excess of £250,000 to RDA projects. This year we hope to make even more of an impact. I am delighted to be involved in this exciting new initiative.”

Long-term corporate supporter of Wooden Spoon, TNT, are the first to sponsor a horse as part of this initiative. Director of Sales, Daniel Vines said: “We are delighted to extend our support to kick-start this exciting new fundraising campaign, supporting Riding for The Disabled Association and Wooden Spoon. Sponsoring a horse for this purpose is a welcome first for TNT and we wish both charities every success.”

Page Last Updated: May 13, 2016

RDA Gala Awards 2016 – Nominations are now OPEN!

Make your nominations now for the 2016 Gala Awards and book your tickets 

Page Last Updated: April 1, 2016

Vacancy for new Project Co-ordinator

RDA is very excited to be working in partnership with British Blind Sport to improve the capacity of the organisation, and the equestrian industry generally, to work with more blind and visually impaired people. Thanks to funding from Sport England, RDA is looking to recruit a part time Project
Co-ordinator for this new programme.

To find out more:

Job Description

How to apply 

Closing date for applications is 18 March 2016 

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Page Last Updated: March 4, 2016

Carriage Drivers say thank you to players

Thanks to support from players of People’s Postcode Lottery more disabled carriage drivers can take part in RDA activities at local Lincolnshire group.

“Our new Fenix Carriage has arrived and it’s fantastic! Thank you so much to players of People’s Postcode Lottery for making this possible.” says Caroline Sanderson, RDA volunteer at Lincolnshire Wolds Group   “This has made a huge difference to our group, we have already more than doubled the number of carriage drivers we can take out to enjoy the new Spring season, it’s a real life changer.”

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Page Last Updated: March 4, 2016

RDA Magazine – Winter issue now available online

Click on the cover to read a page-turner version of the latest RDA Magazine

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Subscribe now to receive every issue of the magazine straight to your door for free. www.rda.org.uk/subscribe

 

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Page Last Updated: May 24, 2016

BBC Lifeline Appeal to feature RDA

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RDA will be the featured charity for the first BBC Lifeline Appeal of 2016, to be aired on BBC1, Sunday 17 January at 16:15 pm. The Appeal will be presented by TV and Radio presenter Anneka Rice. Repeated on Wednesday 20 Jan at 13:00, the programme features 5 year old RDA rider, Amy and Paralympian Sophie Christiansen. Both rider stories illustrate the transformative effect horse riding has had and why donations are so important to enable the charity to help even more people.

During the programme, viewers will meet Amy and her parents, who offer an emotional account of Amy’s first few weeks as a premature baby and her eventual diagnosis of Global Development Delay, Sensory Processing Disorder and core stability weakness. Mum Sarah describes Amy’s daily challenges as well as the amazing impact RDA has had since she started riding just one year ago.

“She is SO much stronger ,” says Sarah, “and can now walk longer distances and is learning how to walk up and down stairs safely. She is more stable when playing with other children so hopefully sometime soon she will be able to join her friends outside in the school playground.”

Paralympian Sophie Christiansen discusses how she started riding for physiotherapy aged 7 and how RDA has given her the opportunity to achieve so much in life – not just as an elite equestrian but also the confidence to gain her Masters in Maths and go on to carve out a successful career.

Anneka Rice explains her involvement with the charity and why she was so keen to front the Appeal: “I first became aware of RDA when I helped to build an indoor riding school for one of the charity’s groups in London 21 years ago as part of the programme Challenge Anneka. I was privileged to meet some of the amazing riders, volunteers and horses, and to understand the lasting difference riding can make.

“For the children and adults I have spoken to, RDA is an incredibly special place, where friendships are made, where no one is treated differently and where disability fades into the background. That’s why I’m proud to support this Lifeline Appeal, and why I hope you will feel able to donate what you can to help many more disabled people find out what they can achieve.”

The Appeal opens for donations on Thursday 14 January and remains open for a month. Visit the programme page: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06ymyyr

 

Page Last Updated: January 12, 2016

2015 Raffle winners announced!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 RDA annual cash raffle:

1st Prize of £1,000 goes to Mrs R Ayres. Ticket no 35623
2nd Prize of £500 goes to Ellershaw House, Care Home.  Ticket no 31984
3rd Prize of £250 goes to RDA Durrance Group. Ticket no 44532

A big thank you to everyone who supported the raffle.

 

Page Last Updated: November 30, 2015

RDA Gala Awards Auction – details announced

Details of the 2015 RDA Gala Awards auction are now available. Some fantastic lots will go under the hammer when Clare Balding runs the auction in The Long Room at Lord’s on Wednesday 30 September 2015.   
Click here to view the full list (there are two pages in the PDF). Huge thanks to all our prize donors for generously supporting our night of celebration!

Page Last Updated: September 23, 2015