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Charity raft race will be raising funds for Riding for the Disabled Association

Ian Hughes 14th Feb, 2017 Updated: 14th Feb, 2017

IT will be horses for courses when rafters take to the Avon this summer.

Wellesbourne and Shakespeare Lions Clubs are aiming to raise over £10,000 for Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) at their ever-popular charity raft race on Sunday July 23.

And they are keen to welcome teams in their homemade rafts to take on the challenge of paddling over seven miles from Wasperton to Stratford.

Warwick-based RDA provides life changing therapy through horses to 25,000 disabled adults and children every year. RDA activities include riding and carriage driving and are specially designed for disabled people with physical and learning difficulties to receive therapy, enjoyment and a chance to achieve.

Demand for RDA activities is high and for every one rider there are many more on a waiting list. To meet the demand RDA has launched a fundraising campaign to build a new national training centre in Warwickshire,

RDA head of fundraising Sal Atkinson said: “We are building the new centre to be able to expand our services to provide places for everyone who’d like to benefit.

“Events like the raft race are a great way to boost funds, we are thrilled to have been chosen by the Lions as this year’s race main beneficiary and we hope lots of people will want to take part.”

Race Manager Charles Williams was looking forward to the 41st staging of the race.

He added: “We are most grateful for the continued support from local organisations and raft crews and are really looking forward to working with RDA this year.”

Visit www.raftrace.org.uk for further details and entry forms.

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