Epsom RDA is very proud that long standing volunteer, Jo Lee, is a recipient of this years’ Riding for the Disabled Association Presidents’ Award. This is the most prestigious volunteer award presented by the National Riding for the Disabled Association and is awarded for exceptional dedication.
Jo, who lives in Epsom, has been volunteering at Epsom RDA for 31 years. In the three decades travelling from teenage volunteer to Trustee and Group Coach Jo has made an outstanding contribution to the Group and is very much at its’ heart. As well as coaching disabled riders on her regular Wednesday evening riding sessions, Jo has responsibility for overseeing the care of the charities’ herd of 10 horses. In addition she is always prepared to step up and led on a myriad of other activities to help the Group including: organising the in-house riders championships, tackling the logistics of volunteers, riders and ponies travelling to Regional Championships and National Championships as well as fundraising and making sure the yard is kept in an orderly fashion. Most recently she has bought the experience from her professional life as a School Business Leader at a large local primary school to contribute to the processes to make Epsom RDA Covid safe for its’ volunteers and riders.
Jo said “When I first arrived at Epsom RDA as a teenager I never for one moment imagined that I would still be volunteering there over 30 years later and that Epsom RDA would become such an important part of mine and my family’s life. I am delighted to have been recognised in this way, but I am mindful that I am one individual representing the wider Epsom RDA community. It is a community that I am very proud to be part off especially so in the challenging circumstances of the last year.”
In her over three decades of service to Epsom RDA Jo has led by example frequently going the extra mile for the benefit of the charities’ riders, volunteers and ponies. It is hoped that Jo will be able to receive her award in person from the RDA President, HRH Princess Anne, at a prestigious event as soon as circumstances allow.
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.