Support for disabled riders makes horse sense

Riding for the disabled is supported by Sainsbury's.
Riding for the disabled is supported by Sainsbury's.
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A disabled riding club with members from throughout the Journal and Gazette area is jumping for joy after learning that Sainsbury’s Livingston store have taken them under its wing.

Each year, Sainsbury’s stores throughout the UK choose a local charity to support and the employees at the Livingston branch chose West Lothian’s Riding for the Disabled association.

The association, run by volunteers, is completely reliant on fundraising to provide the experience of horse riding to disabled individuals regardless of age. In fact the RDA is the only disabled horse riding charity which does not place a cap on members’ age.

The West Lothian branch provide their services to more than 50 adults and children.

Sainsbury’s has organised a family-fun open day at the RDA’s premises at Whitequarries, Abercorn, on Sunday, September 14, which will include a number of attractions including a barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting and much more.

Sainsbury’s staff have also been trained to work with the group so that it can offer more classes. Arcus FM, a Sainsbury’s partner has also become involved by clearing scrub land, repairing fences and general maintenance helping keep costs down.