Riding for the Disabled (RDA) - Charity champions creative initiative during Covid19

1 March 2021

As we approach the year anniversary of the first Covid-19 lockdown, it has been amazing to see how the various charities we support at Kingsley Napley, have been coming up with creative and fun ideas to raise awareness and fundraise, despite the restrictions.

One charity particularly close to my heart and one that Kingsley Napley has supported over the last few years, is the Riding for the Disabled (“RDA”). The RDA is an amazing charity that supports children and adults who have a disability, through the use of horses and ponies. Whether that be competing in various disciplines, taking part in riding lessons or simply being around the horses and learning about how they live and are looked after.

Usually, at this time of year, we would be planning how we can assist the RDA with their upcoming summer national championships, which takes place at Hartpury University and College. It’s a spectacular event and sees competitors take part in all disciplines, from dressage, carriage driving and show jumping, to the hugely popular countryside challenge, which is essentially an assault course on horseback and a firm favourite for the children!

Some of our clients in the medical negligence and personal injury team who have cerebral palsy, head injuries, spinal injuries and other disabilities, have utilised the charity and its wonderful services, so we know just what a fantastic and therapeutic service the RDA provides.

Sadly, with restrictions in place for much of the last year, the various RDA centres across the country have had to close temporarily. However, this hasn’t stopped the RDA from using their incredible creativity to put together the “Take-Part-at home!” initiative. Follow this link to Riding for the Disabled (RDA) to explore what is on offer. There are free games, puzzles, challenges and even a creative writing competition.

Hopefully, with lockdown easing, charities like the RDA can get back to normal operation soon but there is plenty to get involved in online in the meantime. I’m just off to find my colouring pencils...

Further Information

If you would like any further information or advice about the topic discussed in this blog, please contact Laura Sylvester or our Medical Negligence and Personal Injury team.


About The Author

Laura Sylvester is a Senior Associate in the Clinical Negligence Department. She has a broad range of expertise, with particular focus on brain injury claims relating to children with cerebral palsy.

Laura also has a special interest in colorectal/abdominal and gynaecology claims. She has also developed a specialism in late diagnosis of infection cases and fatal claims and has an active caseload including cases of this nature. 


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