Despite the difficult times Epsom RDA is planning for the future. In 2019 the Group received planning permission to build a new indoor school. It had been hoped to start the building of the 25 x 45 indoor school this year, but the arrival of COVID 19 has slowed progress.
Epsom RDA Chair, Ray Lee said: “We were looking forward to getting the building work underway this year. We would have then been able to increase the number of rides we can run and improve the quality of the facilities for our riders and volunteers by the end of the year.”
The Group has had a delay in the building programme as the funding they were so close to securing has been halted as a number of grant making bodies who had expressed interest in the project have suspended their activities. These organisations have had a loss of income as a result of the cancellation of events such as the London Marathon.
However, the Group remains committed to the plans to provide its’ volunteers and riders with a first-class environment, increase the choice of activities riders can take part in, and make the service available to more riders.
Ray continued: “Riding and volunteering brings tremendous physical therapeutic benefit to riders, equally important is the benefit of being involved with horses and being active to the well-being for both riders and volunteers alike. This will be especially important as we start to recover from COVID 19. We are working hard at finding other sources of funding and are hopefully that we will be able to get the first stages of the project underway by the Spring next year.”
About Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association
Epsom Riding for the Disabled Association (Epsom RDA) provides disabled people with the opportunity to ride to benefit their health and well-being.
Epsom RDA provides over 3,000 riding lessons for 350 disabled adults and children.
Epsom RDA is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Charity Number 1180061) and a member group of the national Riding For The Disabled Association.
Epsom RDA is entirely funded by donations and our own fundraising efforts.