Daniel Lee Barrett
A young boy who defied doctors’ expectations will bravely saddle up his favourite pony tomorrow raising funds for the Suffolk horse riding charity that has supported him over recent years.
Doctors said Daniel would not live past the age of two. He has severe visual and mobility issues, cannot stand on his own and needs a wheelchair.
But tomorrow, on his favourite pony Maddie, Daniel will set off on a 600 metre horse trek, which organisers say will be a “mammoth undertaking”.
Daniel’s Mum, Stephanie Lee-Barrett said: “Daniel has been horse riding at the RDA for over 2 years.
“He really enjoys the sessions and has come on leaps and bounds since he first started. It has improved his confidence in different environments and situations, helped with his posture and muscular control of his body and has enabled him to have fun whilst doing physiotherapy”.
The RDA is currently based at Sutton but will relocate to Clopton this autumn in a move the charity says is “challenging” financially.
The funds raised by Daniel will help the charity continue with its work.
Mrs Lee-Barrett said: “What they do is amazing, they give children and adults the opportunity to feel free, relaxed and happy. We just had to help raise awareness of the job they do and money for the move”.
Viv Sadler, one of the volunteer instructors at the RDA said: “We are so grateful for everyone who raises money for our group.
“We are self funding and our move comes as an extra cost, over and above our day-to-day running costs. We are overwhelmed by Daniel’s ambition to raise money for us. This is a huge undertaking for him – it would be like running the London Marathon for most of us. He has made so much progress and we will all be there supporting him on 15th July.”
Not all Superheroes wear lycra – some wear jodhpurs
Jean Adams is an extraordinary lady. Before ill health took hold Jean was a regular volunteer at her local Riding for the Disabled group. Then Jean became very ill indeed, suffering from multiple medical problems which has resulted in numerous trips to the hospital, sometimes for long periods of time.
Knowing, from her own experience, the physical and mental benefits of riding Jean is now on the other side of the saddle so to speak. She is a rider at the Woodbridge and District RDA. But not content to just ride Jean is fund raising for the charity, people and horses that she holds so dear.
On Saturday 12th August Jean is attempting a 16 mile sponsored ride on her daughter’s horse Katie. Jean feels that her health has benefitted significantly since she has been riding again and as a keen horsewoman of many years knows that this will be a challenge.
But this is a challenge she feel more than up to and she joins an ever increasing line of Woodbridge and District RDA Superheroes who have collectively raised over £15,000 so far this year.
Clearly underpants are worn over jodhpurs at our RDA.
Jean’s sponsored ride begins outside the RDA (Woodbridge and District Group) on Saturday 12th August at 1pm.
Pettistree Hall Farm, Sutton, Woodbridge IP12 3EH.
Jean’s ride will go from Sutton to Hollesley, then Bawdsey and back to Sutton via Alderton.
People can donate on Jean’s mydonate page, just click.