£5,999 to help local horse-riding for the disabled charity during current COVID-19 pandemic

by | 12 July 2020 | Local Charity, Sherwood, Worksop

Woodside Farm Stables Riding for the Disabled now based at Eastfield Farm, King’s Clipstone has been awarded £5,999 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Emergency Fund towards essential daily care costs for their horses and to cover insurance commitments during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The outbreak of the virus and the consequent shutdown of businesses has left the sport and physical activity sector facing a period of uncertainty.

In response, Sport England announced a £195million package to help the sport and physical activity sector through COVID-19. Within the package is a £20million Community Emergency Fund, of National Lottery money to deliver immediate funding to those who have a role in supporting the nation to be active but are experiencing short-term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the impact of coronavirus.

The grant will allow Woodside Farm Stables RDA’s Relaunch Project to overcome the challenges unexpectedly faced due to the pandemic and allow the charity to move forward with confidence that the service can be resumed and expanded as soon as restrictions are lifted.

A trustee of the charity explained: “After 49 years operating at Woodside Farm Stables in Rainworth, 21 years of those as an independent charity, a decision late last year to move to Eastfield Farm, King’s Clipstone promised a secure future with exciting prospects. The horses enjoyed a period of rest and acclimatisation. A big relaunch was on track for April 2020, only for the coronavirus pandemic to stop plans before they started. With no income as expected from riding donations the future was bleak with development plans put on hold. This timely grant will bridge the gap by meeting bed, breakfast and trotting costs over four months for the horses, as well as regulatory insurance costs. It will ensure that our young disabled clients can continue to benefit from the physical, sensory and social experience horse riding provides.”

For more details about the project or to explore opportunities for volunteering, please contact Winifred Pritchett on 01623 627974 or email studley@waitrose.com.