Fenland Riding for the Disabled Ball in Spalding raises £9,000

Pictured at the ball are Jane Peggs, Sian Tate, Emma Windsor, Andrea Brett, Judi Van Geest, Nikki Webb and Rebecca Compton. Photo: SG011016-219TW
Pictured at the ball are Jane Peggs, Sian Tate, Emma Windsor, Andrea Brett, Judi Van Geest, Nikki Webb and Rebecca Compton. Photo: SG011016-219TW
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A ball organised by Fenland Group of Riding for the Disabled to celebrate its 35th anniversary is expected to raise £9,000.

Around 140 members and guests attended the function at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Saturday night.

Riding for the Disabled supporters enjoying a big night out. SG011016-221TW

Riding for the Disabled supporters enjoying a big night out. SG011016-221TW

As well as enjoying a meal and live band, guests dug deep to support a raffle, auction and silent auction to boost the charity’s funds.

Fenland Group treasurer Andrea Brett said the RDA locally focuses on taking around 35 children from Spalding’s Priory and Garth schools for riding sessions at a private centre in Whaplode St Catherine.

The sessions are a real confidence booster for disabled children, benefit their mobility and encourage conversation.

Andrea explained: “A lot of them have never been near a horse or seen a horse.

All smiles at the 35th anniversary ball organised by Fenland Riding for the Disabled. Photo: SG011016-223TW

All smiles at the 35th anniversary ball organised by Fenland Riding for the Disabled. Photo: SG011016-223TW

“First of all it overcomes their fears – some of them you can see literally shaking with fear but we get them on the horses, we talk to them and support them.

“It benefits their movement and their conversation - some of them don’t talk much but by the end of it they are talking to us and we are having conversations with them.

“It really does boost their confidence.”

Currently around 25 children from the Priory School and ten from the Garth benefit from the riding sessions.

Black tie and evening dresses were the order of the night. Photo: SG011016-224TW

Black tie and evening dresses were the order of the night. Photo: SG011016-224TW

Guests doing their bit to help disabled children continue with their riding sessions. Photo: SG011016-227TW

Guests doing their bit to help disabled children continue with their riding sessions. Photo: SG011016-227TW