A CHARITY has been awarded more than £7000 to offer therapy for 16 local children with disabilities.
The Riding for the Disabled Association Forres, Nairn and District (RDA) will use a grant of £7,134 to provide suitable ponies for therapeutic riding sessions, and qualified instructors, for a year.
Children from Forres Academy, as well as Applegrove, Pilmuir, Dyke and Alves Primary Schools attend the sessions every week.
RDA chairwoman Elizabeth Furness was thrilled to hear her application for finance to the Berry Burn Community Fund had been successful.
She said: “We ride each Monday in term time with eight ponies specially trained to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. The children who come to us have varied needs, whether physical, emotional, learning or sensory.
“The group is entirely volunteer-led and there is no charge to the children or schools – we pay for the hire of ponies, a qualified RDA instructor and assistant coach.
Each session costs over £400 so RDA’s fund-raising efforts are continuous.