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Horsley & Bookham RDA

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Horsley and Bookham RDA is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which provides facilities to benefit disabled children and young adults by having regular contact with horses. It has taken over the registered charity of the same name which has been operating for over 30 years.  All of our sessions take place at Wyvenhoe Equestrian Club in Bookham giving rides to children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities in Surrey, including those suffering from Autism, Down's Syndrome, Spina Bifida and Dispraxia, who are aged between 4 and 20 years old. Each week, with the assistance of our coaches and volunteers, they can enjoy the horse riding experience. This provides them with the chance to be independent, have a sense of achievement, puts smiles on their faces and if proof is needed of the therapeutic effect of riding, we had one little boy a while ago who had never spoken before and whose first word was the name of his pony.

Please donate to support our cause. Despite the generosity of our volunteers, who give their time for free, we require more than £25,000 each year to keep the horses well cared for and to run the horse riding classes. We receive no financial support from the Government or Local Authority and we rely solely on fees, donations, bequests and fundraising events in order to operate. Our wonderful team of volunteer coaches, group leaders and helpers is paramount to our continued success, without whom we could not operate. Many of them join with no previous experience of horses or disabled people. We welcome enthusiastic volunteers of all ages. Some of them help at one session each week and some at three sessions or more per week. For anyone who would prefer not to work with horses, we are always looking for help with our various fundraising events. We also welcome volunteers and sponsors with any contribution which will help keep this wonderful community effort going,

Charity No: 1170049

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