RDA group receives welcome police donation

THE valuable work done by Arundel Group, Riding for Disabled, has been recognised by Sussex Police, who paid a visit to the group’s headquarters at Arundel Riding Centre recently.

Chief Inspector Mark Clothier presented a cheque for £250 to the Group, a charitable gift from the Forces Property fund.

The money will help the Group to continue providing instruction to the highest standard for its riders and help to maintain some of its vital specialist equipment.

The money was received on behalf of the group by its treasurer Christine Bishop.

Chief Inspector Clothier said the police were delighted to help local charities and wished Arundel RDA group every success in achieving its aims for the future.

The group resumed lessons on Tuesday afternoons recently following the traditional summer break and three classes were held. In the first, Kim, Chris, Jade, Ellie and Louis worked with and without stirrups whilst walking. In the second session, Courtney, Michelle and Beth worked hard in trot mode, while during the last lesson, Abby, Orla, Tabitha and Lucy practised halting whilst walking and going on to pick up a good walk.

The group has had significant success with riders in a range of RDA competitions locally and nationally, and fundraising enables it to continue the vital work for members, who come from a wide area.

They enjoy excellent facilities at Arundel Riding Centre, with a wide range of ponies available for the sessions. Its aim is to give the opportunity of riding to any disabled person who might benefit in general health or happiness.

The riding sessions take place on Tuesday afternoons during term-time at the Arundel Riding Centre - in Arunde. The group is part of the South East Region RDA which covers Sussex, Surrey and Kent.

For more details contact: 0845 2411349.