Funding boost for local charity

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An Angus charity which uses horses to help disabled people is celebrating a funding boost.

Angus Riding for the Disabled, which gives lessons to more than 50 riders at its purpose-built centre at Inverarity, near Forfar, has received a £5,000 grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland.

It’s money that’s been warmly welcomed by the charity, which has a waiting list of 18.

Secretary Mrs Joanne Gerrard said of the grant: “This is fabulous news. It will make a huge difference to us.”

The charity, which will put the money towards the salary of its part-time manager, hopes to boost its coffers by around £1,000 when it hosts a fund-raising show at the centre on 18th September.

Mrs Gerrard said: “We close for the winter from the end of November to the end of February, during which time we will have no guaranteed income but considerable expenditure, with the horses still having to be looked after. We are grateful for all the financial support we can get.”

The grant from the Foundation isn’t the only piece of good news the organisation has had lately, with one of the centre’s riders, Kerry Hudson (50), of Luthermuir, near Laurencekirk, having been accepted for the Scottish para dressage team. Kerry has been with Angus Riding for the Disabled for four years.

Mary Craig OBE, the Foundation’s Chief Executive, said: “The waiting list evidences the benefits that are received by having riding lessons to help develop both physical and mental wellbeing.

“Angus Riding for the Disabled provides a highly-valued service, and I am delighted that we have been able to make this award.”

The grant takes to £23,000 the amount Angus RDA has received from the Foundation over the years.

Charities which would like more information about applying to the Foundation for an award should contact the Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland on 0131 444 4020.