A charity which supports disabled people via horse riding and other equine activities has taken a step towards a new roof thanks to a donation of £500 from Alterative Planning Company who offer Choice Funeral Plans via local Funeral Directors.

Melia Powell Funeral Service in Bradford Road, Sandbeds, nominated Haworth Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) which supports adults and children with physical and learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues to receive the donation.

Riding and grooming are used as therapy, to improve fitness, and develop skills but the charity is in desperate need of a new apex roof for their stables to keep volunteers, riders and horses warm and dry.

Melia Powell is part of the Funeral Partners network and won the cash to be donated to a charity of their choice through an internal competition organised by their funeral plan company Choice www.choiceplan.co.uk

Funeral Arranger Carla Weatherall has experience of the vital work provided by Haworth RDA as her ten-year-old son Ryan has been attending sessions at the stables in Vale Mill Lane for the last six years.

He has Cerebral Palsy and riding helps to develop the strength in his legs and core muscles.

Carla said: “I’m so happy that we’ve been able to support this wonderful charity.

“I’ve seen first-hand how much of a positive impact they have on the lives of those who attend – as well as the physical benefits, riding has improved his self-confidence and helped him to form new friendships.

“I’ve also seen the struggles that they face and know how hard their supporters work to raise much needed funds.”

The charity was hit hard during the pandemic when lessons had to be stopped and is now facing rising costs due to soaring energy bills.

A recent cold snap has damaged the roof of their stables, and an appeal has been launched for a new one to be built. The cost of a new roof is expected to be £50,800.

Jackie Butterfield, who founded Haworth RDA in 2001, added: “Horses really help people.

“Whether the person is there to ride or groom them – and horses love being brushed and pampered – the horse is therapeutic.

“They are kind and loving and only want to be loved, and the people who care for them get that in return.”

You can donate to the appeal for the new roof at https://bit.ly/3Iq5QHr.

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