West Lothian’s Riding for the Disabled group is cock-a-hoop with the helping hand provided by Sainsbury’s, Livingston.
And last weekend culminated in an open day fundraiser to gather much-needed funds to allow the group to expand its services even further.
A spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be chosen as Sainsbury’s Livingston Charity of the Year, as this will not only raise awareness of what we do but will help us to build a better and stronger charity providing the much-needed support for our riders.
“With Sainsbury’s assistance at our Open Day we raised over £1800 and this money will be used to improve the facilities we have and hopefully increase our number of riders.
The assistance we have received from the group has been superb. The staff have not only provided a valuable contribution by helping our volunteers to organise fundraising events but have also volunteered to assist at our riding lessons.
“We will be having another fundraising event in the autumn to raise money to meet the large cost of feeding our horses through the winter and we are looking forward to to working with Sainsbury’s to achieve another successful outcome.”
A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “Being our charity partner of the year, we directly supported West Lothian RDA in the event by providing them with a bouncy castle and donated things such as wellies, fresh flowers etc to be sold at the open day. Hundreds of people visited the site over the course of the day and we were delighted with their support of the charity.
“The money raised will go towards maintaining the site near Hopetoun and paying for the horses’ upkeep, such as farriers, vet and feed bills. One of the aims Sainsbury’s and West Lothian RDA made at the start of our partnership was to buy a new horse. This would mean the waiting list time would reduce and the RDA would be able to cater for more people. We are hopeful we will be able to meet this challenge.”
West Lothian Riding for the Disabled (RDA) provides lessons for over 50 young people and adults with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, including school groups. The group is managed, organised and maintained 100 per cent by volunteers who give up their valuable time to provide this much-needed service.”