Say it with a card

It’s always lovely to receive a card in the post, it is certainly an improvement on a bill or bank statement.

Communication these days is done mostly by text, email or Facebook. Cards and good old fashioned letters are a rare sight to see on your door mat. We are a listed charity on the card website greetingscards.co.uk and benefit every time you buy a card, so everyone is a winner.

Make sure you remember to send a friend or family a birthday card, a get well card, a thank you card or just a hi, how you doing card, it really can make someone’s day.

Go on, send someone a card today

Volunteers

We recently posted a couple of pictures on our Facebook page of two of our wonderful volunteers accepting awards in 2014.

Chris won the RDA Regional Volunteer of the Year 2014, here he is accepting it from Princess Anne, who is the President of RDA.

Chris, Lynda & The Princess Anne

That year Cara won the Sportscotland Young Coach of the Year.

Lynda, Cara & Barbara

Both Chris and Cara are still valued members of the team of volunteers at Ravelrig RDA.

Ravelrig Volunteer Facts
We have just over 130 volunteers
62% of the volunteers are under 25 years of age
Our oldest volunteer is 75 years old
There are 11 volunteer coaches
A volunteer works approximately 220 hours a year at Ravelrig


Did you know we have just over 130 volunteers?

Save a penny

They really do add up to make pounds and pounds. We recently received two full money boxes from one of our lovely supporters and we counted over £16.

Just imagine if everyone saved their pennies, how many pounds we could collect

If you would like a collection box please let Katie in the office know office@ravelrig-rda.org.uk or pick one up next time you are at Ravelrig.

Ravelrig collection boxes

Cleaning

We like to keep a tidy yard, office and club room at Ravelrig, not sparkling because let’s be honest, there’s too much mud and hay for that to be possible. However, Harris was giving us a helping hand or tongue today and giving the window in the office a good clean.

Not sure I will ask him to do anymore though.

When I’m cleaning windows

Sponsorship

You probably already know you can adopt one of the Ravelrig ponies for as little as £30 a year, but did you know you can also sponsor them?

It costs just over £2,000 a year to look after each horse, this covers feed, shoeing, bedding, vet bills, tack and anything else that is required. With eight ponies it costs us over £16,000 a year.

Do you work for an organisation that is looking to invest in a local charity?

Benefits for you or your business

  • Pony sponsorship can generate substantial publicity for a relatively small investment
  • You will be recognised as actively supporting the community that supports you.
  • There will be extensive positive exposure to other Ravelrig supporters (potential customers)
  • Your business will be seen as possessing a high level of corporate and social responsibility.
  • Customers will see that you care about supporting a local worthy cause.

You have a number of different options to choose from and with each your company logo and details will be displayed on our website, stables and social media.

  • £2,000  Full
  • £1,000 Part (Feed)
  • £500  Part (Shoeing)
  • £400  Part (Saddlery & Rugs)
  • £300  Part (Veterinary)
  • £100 Part (General care)

You can download a form by clicking below or if you would like more information please click here or give us a call on 0131 449 7994.

Our eight ponies with some of our volunteers

Happy Birthday RDA

Did you know it is 50 years since Riding for the Disabled Association was set up?

From humble beginnings the RDA has grown to about 500 separate groups in the UK. This equates to around 18,000 volunteers working hard and providing such wonderful help and support to hundreds and thousands of riders.

“It all started after the Second World War, when people started noticing the therapeutic benefit of riding. The idea took hold, especially when the inspirational Danish rider, Lis Hartel caused a sensation by winning Silver medals for dressage in both the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, despite having no muscle function in her lower legs.

Lis’s success inspired a fledgling movement which spread to the UK. Early pioneers included the Winford Orthopaedic Hospital near Bristol, the Pony Riding for the Disabled Trust in Chigwell, Essex, and the British Polio Fellowship.

The benefits of riding for children and adults with disabilities were increasingly being realised during the 1960s. In 1963 those involved started getting together for the exchange of ideas and knowledge and in 1964 a loose organisation was formed called the ‘Advisory Council on Riding for the Disabled’ (ACRD).

By 1966 there were already 23 known disabled riding groups around the UK and the disabled riding ‘movement’ was growing. In 1969, at the ACRD AGM, a revised constitution was presented to the Committee to create what would be known as Riding for the Disabled Association or RDA. Our first President was Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk, and Her Royal Highness, The Princess Anne was our Patron. The Princess became our President in 1976, a position she still holds today”.

Celebrating 50 Years of RDA

Riding into 2019

The winter break at Ravelrig RDA is coming to an end and the riding is starting up again from Saturday 2nd February.

Please be aware that each riding session is still dependable on the weather, health of the ponies and volunteer availability.  (If there are any issues you will be notified).

All the volunteers and ponies are looking forward to seeing you all back at Ravelrig RDA soon!

Teemo tucking in to his breakfast
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