As part of Volunteers’ Week 2020, RDA President, Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal has sent a message of support and gratitude to RDA volunteers as they continue to fundraise; to support participants by keeping in touch them, their families and community and school groups; to look after the horses and plan for an uncertain future after Covid-19 closure. The message reads:“In times like this, the contribution of volunteers to communities and organisations is more important than ever. Despite the fact that almost all RDA activity has shut down, I have been encouraged and heartened by people’s determination and willingness to carry on supporting their Groups and the local RDA network. Whether this has been making the effort to stay in touch with others, finding new ways to engage riders and drivers or helping to look after the animals, it is all making a difference to ensure that when we are able to, we can resume our work that lets disabled people enjoy the therapeutic and other benefits from being around horses, ponies and donkeys.
So in Volunteers Week, I want to say Thank You to you all – we are extremely grateful for all you are doing to support RDA.”