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Thousands of disabled adults and children benefit from horse riding thanks to RDA

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) exists to enable disabled children and adults to benefit from the therapy, achievement, and fun of riding horses.

Today, the charity supports around 28,000 riders and carriage drivers with all kinds of disabilities. Thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery, RDA has received over £1.4 Million to help even more disabled people in communities all over Great Britain.

At RDA, they believe that it's what you can do that counts - and their activities are good for children and adults with all kinds of disabilities. Disabled people of all ages can feel isolated or lacking in confidence. RDA groups are a welcoming and positive place to come and join in, to make friends, and to enjoy learning about horses.

It isn't always easy for parents to find activities for their kids where they feel completely included and where their disability takes a back seat. The people who come to RDA find a friendly, family atmosphere where they are no different to anyone else and where everyone is supported to achieve their goals.

The thousands of horses and ponies that work for RDA provide life-changing therapy and offer opportunities for riders and carriage drivers to achieve amazing things.

They are non-judgemental, patient and loyal friends. They are something soft and warm to reach out to, when other physical connections are too frightening. They are someone to talk to, when talking isn't always easy. And, as anyone who has visited an RDA session will attest to, they create moments of sheer joy. A weekly lifting of the spirits that makes all the difference in the world.

Thanks to players, RDA has been able to buy more horses, such as YoYo.

Mary Framptom-Price of Duchy College RDA said, "YoYo joined the RDA Duchy team in late March and already has a loyal following. Our riders face a broad range of physical and learning difficulties and it takes a special team of volunteers, both two-legged and four-legged, to meet their needs.

"One thing is absolutely certain, for small charities like ours we could not achieve our goals without the generosity of many, many people. We were thrilled to welcome YoYo to our team, and again want to thank players of People's Postcode Lottery for helping us make it happen."

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