Peterborough School Appeals Day February 2012

A very successful Appeals Day, held each year at Peterborough School, has raised a substantial amount for the School's chosen charity, Peterborough & District Riding For The Disabled Association.  A grand total of just over £2,000 was raised for our RDA Group after a day buzzing with excitement which, amongst other things, saw people enjoying Mr Meadows, the Head Teacher and other teachers in the stocks, Year 7's much-loved Chip Shop and shows by Years 11 and 13. 

Year 10's hugely popular cafe, 'Central Perk', raised the most by one year group with them contributing £260, but congratulations also go to Years 6, 7 and 9 who each also raised over £200.

Every year group ran a stall or put on an activity of some kind and Mr Meadows thanked and congratulated everyone in assembly for their wonderful efforts.

We are very grateful for all the efforts put in by the children on our behalf and look forward to a visit from them soon so they can see how their fund raising will be spent.

Milton Show May 2011

Milton Show, held within the grounds of the Milton Estate, is attended annually by Peterborough & District RDA to raise funds. The organisers of the show generously allow us to take part free of charge. This year, we took a new direction and concentrated our efforts on a cake stall and bottle stall.  The cake stall was stocked by our volunteers and was a sight to see with fabulous gift wrapped cakes whole and by the slice, trays of brownies, flap jacks, biscuits and beautifully decorated cup cakes.  It was our most successful stall ever and, despite the wind, we raised over £600.

A huge thank you goes out to all those who helped in particular Debbs Pennell and Vicki Brown, the masterminds behind the day.

£1,000 Match Funding Received from Provincial Masonic Lodge

Peterborough and District Riding for the Disabled were delighted to welcome guests from the Northamptonshire and Huntingdon Provincial Masonic Lodge when they were presented with a match funding cheque for £1,000 recently.

The £1,000 was donated as a match for the £1,000 which was raised by the Fitzwilliam Lodge at their Ladies Night in April last year. “When we heard about the difference riding can make to the confidence, awareness and enjoyment of disabled children, we knew it was something we wanted to support,” states, Mr Russell Laxton of the Provincial Grand Lodge. “However, nothing prepared us for seeing it for ourselves when we recently attended one of their lessons at Grasslands Equestrian Centre in Helpston. The looks of joy and delight on the children’s faces was truly inspirational, and for some it obviously provided a moment of peace and escape from their conditions.”

Fitzwilliam Lodge Ladies Festival April 2011

Fitzwilliam Masonic Lodge hold an annual Ladies Festival hosted by the Worshipful Master and his wife. This year, the "Lady" was our Chairman, Kathryn Hibbins, and the occasion was an opportunity to raise funds for her own charity.

A Prize Draw was organised with a fabulous array of prizes kindly donated by local people and businesses. Kathryn gave a speech and part of it was dedicated to telling people more about the work we do within our Group.  Many people were not aware of the existence of a local RDA group and were touched by the effect our sessions can have on the children who ride.

The guests at the Ladies Festival generously raised £1,000 as a result of the night which was a staggering sum.  We are very grateful to all those who contributed and also those who donated prizes. Thank you.

Beccie Dudgeon

Beccie Dudgeon 1930 - 2011

Our group are mourning the recent death of Beccie Dudgeon.  She was a founder member of the group in the late 1960's and was the last of the original volunteers to be still participating in the weekly riding sessions.  This meant she had been actively involved with the group for over forty years.  In all that time she gave unstinting support in so many capacities from group organisor, instructor to chairman. She recruited and trained many of the volunteers, and she also provided help and support for the children, schools and helpers and at times had been caterer, fundraiser and general dogsbody.  But above all, she was a wise and trusted counsellor to all.

For me, as the current instructor, she was my valuable and indispensable right hand man, someone I could always rely on if the lesson did not totally go to plan, and as we all know, that is something that often happens when working with children and animals!

Her legacy lives on, several of our riders have gone on to represent Peterborough at national and international level through the Special Olympics Movement, and her eldest daughter, Sarah Worsley, is chairman of her local group in Scotland. 

Beccie had patience and wisdom and was unfailingly cheerful. She was an inspiration to us all, and her sudden passing has left us all stunned and devastated leaving the most enormous hole in the lives of anyone connected with our group.

Bella Craven - Instructor