Thank you so much to Katie Allan who ran the Edinburgh Half Marathon and Gillian Hogarth who ran the Edinburgh 10Km both for Ravelrig RDA.
Their hard work and dedication they showed in the run up to the event, training in the terrible weather we have had really paid off and they both thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
It was such a challenge but I am so glad I did it. I have a new found love so I have already signed myself up to do the Scottish half in September.
I just want to say how much fun I had on the day and I am so glad I raised money for such an amazing charity. My sister gets so much pleasure from riding the horses at Ravelrig. Her face lights up and she has a big smile on her face when riding, especially when she is able to trot. It was the only charity I could do the run for because I know how much it means to Emma and my family.
I am celebrating my 50th with a party that evening so I have asked that people sponsor me rather than gifts. I put a moderate target down but hope to raise considerably more. Our daughter, Anna very much enjoys helping at the Balerno RDA and we are delighted that she is training to be an instructor. She is going to Edinburgh university in September to study veterinary medicine so will be able to continue supporting such a great cause.
They have managed to raise an amazingly, wonderful amount of over £2,700 for Ravelrig. We are so grateful to them both and if anyone wants to set themselves a challenge and raise money for Ravelrig in the process, let us know.
Katie running for Ravelrig
Katie and Emma
Gillian Hogarth running for Ravelrig
Running for Ravelrig
This weekend it’s the Edinburgh Marathon Festival with lots of different races and events going on over the two days. We are very proud to say that two of our supporters are running in aid of Ravelrig RDA.
Gillian Hogarth is running the 10km on Saturday 26th May. Gillian’s daughter Anna is one of our wonderful volunteers and is training to become a coach with us. Anna is also off to study Veterinary medicine in Edinburgh in September, so will be able to continue her work with us, which are so pleased about. Gillian is also celebrating her 50th birthday party that evening, so she will have definitely have earned a glass of bubbly!
Our second runner is Katie Allan who is running the half marathon on the Sunday 27th May. Katie’s sister Emma has been a rider with us at Ravelrig for 14 years and loves it, Katie says that her face lights up as soon as she is on a horse.
Both Gillian and Katie have done a fantastic job training for their events, especially in the cold weather we have had this year, I don’t know many people who would want to go running in the wind and rain! Thank you to them both for their support and determination, we will be so grateful for the donations and they will go a long way in helping support both our riders and horses here at Ravelrig and allow us to continue helping others.
Good Luck & Thank You from everyone at Ravelrig
There’s still time to show your support for Gillian and Katie on their Just Giving pages or why not pop along to shout them from the sidelines.
Don’t worry this isn’t a note about getting your Christmas cards nice and early for 2018! You may remember we were one of the charities taking part in Charitycards.co.uk last year and thank you to everyone who ordered packs of cards from them.
We raised £26 and speaking to Will from Charity Cards he said this year will be bigger and better with lots more designs to choose from, so watch this space, but don’t worry you won’t hear the Christmas word until at least October 🙂
Did you know we are one of the three charities chosen by the Corslet Place Coop in Currie to be part of their Local Community Fund?
For EVERY Coop branded item you purchase YOU will receive 5% of the value back and 1% will come to Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled
We are one of their charities that will benefit until October 2018, so when you buy Coop branded products like milk, bread, cakes, cheese not only will you have a tasty lunch but Ravelrig will benefit as long as you have your Coop Membership card.
It is incredibly easy to become a Coop Member just click here and it’s just £1 to join.
Once you have paid your £1 you are then asked on screen which of the three charities you would like to support, click on Ravelrig and that’s you done.
They will then send your card in the post.
As this is a “local” Community Fund if your postcode is not local to Corslet Place, Ravelrig unfortunately will not come up as one of your choices. We are trying to confirm with the Coop whether if you join in store this is different.
Become a member of the Coop at Corslet Place
Thank you to everyone who volunteered at one of our bag packing events over the Festive period. We were at Sainsbury’s at Murrayfield on the 23rd December and Asda at Chesser on the 31st December and lost count how many bags we helped pack.
Thank you for volunteering, over the two events you helped raise £1,790 for Ravelrig!!! So very well done!
CALA recently donated £20,000 to Ravelrig towards our Indoor Arena, which helps us step a little nearer to the final fundraising target.
Their generosity is really appreciated by everyone who uses Ravelrig, from riders, volunteers and not forgetting our great horses.
Why not click here to read more about it.
(And yes it was raining very heavily when the photographer arrived!)
CALA’s donation towards the Indoor Arena
CALA’s donation to Ravelrig’s Indoor Arena
CALA’s generous donation
Last week we were visited by Jean and Brian Wright who were delivering a cheque for Jean’s son and Brian’s brother Graham who kindly ran the Edinburgh Marathon earlier this year for Ravelrig. Graham has raised money this way before for Ravelrig, so we are so very grateful for him undertaking over 52 miles of running for the stables. Graham raised a brilliant £500 for Ravelrig this time, which takes his grand total to over £1,000!
Without fundraising Ravelrig just wouldn’t be able to function properly. It is these acts of kindness and dedication that really help us to keep going, so from everyone at Ravelrig a big THANK YOU !!!
Jean and Brian came along to present the cheque to a couple of the horses.
Jean presenting the cheque to Katie at Ravelrig
Brian and Jean presenting the cheque to Thumper
Jonathan Page from Harmeny Pentland Runners popped in, or should that be jogged in earlier this week with a lovely cheque for £300 that they raised for Ravelrig from their Awards Night.
Harmeny Athletic Club is based in Balerno and they have a Junior and Adult Section. The Junior Group caters for runners from the age of 9 – 16 years and if you are a bit older and fancy running in the beautiful Pentland Hills while getting fit and meeting new people then why not give the Adult Group a try.
We are really grateful to Harmeny Pentland Runners for choosing to support Ravelrig RDA in their fundraising Award Night and the money will go a long way in helping support our 8 specially trained horses, riders and volunteers.
Do you have anything suitable that you could donate to our Tombola or Raffle this year?
Tombola and Raffle donations
A box of chocolates, an unused or unwanted gift, wine or voucher?
If you can bring them along to the Club Room and pop them into one of the green boxes we would be really grateful.
Planning for the Ravelrig Open Day is in full swing with lots of to-do lists being worked through in preparation. There are lots of exciting things in the pipeline and we are all really excited about the big day.
We would like to put out an appeal for donations for our Raffle and Tombola. Do you have any items that would make a brilliant raffle prize or could you contribute to our chocolate or wine tombolas?
You can pop your donations in to the green boxes in the Club Room.
We are also looking for volunteers for the day itself. If you can give us some of your time on the Sunday to help out in anyway we would be really grateful. Either pop your name on the list on the Events notice board in the Club Room or drop Katie an email at firstname.lastname@example.org