Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund provides funding for the RDA

An open day was held on Saturday 23 July at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), Digswell Place Group when a plaque to highlight the support of the Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund was unveiled.

Riding for the Disabled Association and Council staff members with horse.

A grant of £9,000 was put towards an all-weather track for safe disabled and wheelchair access through RDA's grounds. The track will allow the charity to increase its offering to participants, by providing non-ridden sessions involving fresh air, exercise and horse/pony care outside. The safe surface track will also enable RDA to provide rides through the charity's own land safely and securely.

Digswell Place is a purpose-built riding stable for adults and children with disabilities, based in Welwyn. The association aims 'to give the opportunity of riding to any disabled person who might benefit in their health and well-being.' Approximately 140 people ride with the group, the majority of which come as groups from their schools or day centres, but individuals are also catered for.

Attending the plaque unveiling were Cllr Terry Mitchinson, Executive Member, Leisure and Community, and the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, Cllr Barbara Fitzsimon, as well as trustees from the RDA and Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund.

Cllr Fitzsimon said:

I am delighted that we have been able to help Digswell Place RDA Group by creating accessible areas as these are very important for the charity's participants, and for our wider community. This wonderful charity is run solely by volunteers, and I'm so pleased that we could support them.

Cllr Mitchinson said: "This charity is a fantastic asset for the local community, and I'm pleased that this funding can help facilitate even more of the great work that they do for disabled young people and adults".

The Welwyn Hatfield Community Fund was created following the merger of Finesse Leisure and Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to encourage participation in sport and recreational activities in Welwyn Hatfield with an emphasis on social welfare, physical and mental health.