Cash boost for riding group

Representatives of Finzean Dance Group and Deeside RDA at the presentation
Representatives of Finzean Dance Group and Deeside RDA at the presentation

Finzean Dance Class has given a financial boost to a local charity.

It has donated £500 to Deeside Riding for the Disabled (RDA).

The money was handed over at a recent presentation ceremony.

The dance group has an open event twice a year and the proceeds from them are then given to a local charity.

Dancers were asked to put forward a cause that they would like to support and this time it was Deeside RDA.

Delighted RDA officials are now planning to use the funding to upgrade games equipment.

The Deeside group has to raise £6000 a year to run the organisation.

Chair and secretary Jill Randalls told the Piper: “We are delighted to receive this money.

“We rely so much on donations and it gives us such a boost to get a contribution like this.”

The group has been running for the last 30 years and offers primary school children and adults with physical or learning difficulties the opportunity to go horse riding.

Youngsters come from local authority special schools while adults attend from the Scolty Day Care Centre in Banchory.

They use facilities at the World Horse Welfare Centre at Belwade Farm, near Aboyne.

Sessions run on Tuesdays for children, and Fridays for adults.

The group relies heavily on volunteers and earlier this year appealed for more recruits to allow it to expand.

Anyone wanting to offer their help should contact Jill Randalls on 01330 824850 or email rdadeeside@gmail.com