Presentation to Cotswold Riding for the Disabled Association (CRDA), Cheltenham

On 21 November, the Innsworth Lodge Charity Steward, W Bro Tom Robson, presented a cheque to Claire Jenkins, the General Manager of the Cotswold Riding for the Disabled Association (CRDA), on behalf of the Gloucestershire Masonic Charity Action (GMCA).

The Trustees of the GMCA had recently approved an application from the Lodge for a grant to support the CRDA and, shown here, Tom Robson presents the cheque for £1500 to Claire Jenkins, at Cheltenham Racecourse. In attendance is Tom’s wife Hilary and W Bro Bill Beedie and his wife Dorothy.

The visitors were shown around the CRDA facilities and saw how it provides invaluable horse-riding opportunities for individuals with physical and mental disabilities, and also for individuals with learning difficulties.  The Charity, one of the largest RDAs in the UK, offers group riding lessons with qualified instructors, supported by up to 3 volunteers per rider, using indoor and outdoor arenas at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The CRDA is a community supporting the riders, their families, carers, schools, colleges, Trustees, volunteer staff and ponies. Each week they work with over 200 disabled adults and children from the base on Cheltenham Racecourse.  “The youngest rider is just 3 years old and the oldest is 87 years young”, advised Claire Jenkins; she is delighted to have received support from the GMCA for the Cotswold Riding for the Disabled Association.