A charity which meets each week for children with disabilities to benefit from riding horses and ponies is in need of a new home after learning its current one is set to close its stables.
The Eastbourne Area Riding for the Disabled Association (EARDA) was set up by Sarah Groom back in November 2010. The 41-year-old has ridden horses all her life and it was that, her job as a physiotherapist and a meeting with a lady who was involved with riding for the disabled that led to her setting up a local group.
Sessions have been running every Wednesday afternoon at Bede’s School in Upper Dicker for four to 16-year-olds with a disability but it is now looking for a new venue after learning its usual place, which had been given to them free of charge, will soon no longer be available.
Sarah, who is EARDA’s group instructor and chairman, said the support from Bede’s School had been brilliant, adding, “We have a lovely time there, they helped us to get the group up and running. It’s a shame it’s coming to an end.”
She added, “We’re looking for an indoor school in the Eastbourne or surrounding areas that will allow us to use their school for two hours on an evening or afternoon in the week, preferably on a Wednesday.”
A spokesperson for Bede’s School said, “After much consideration, it has been decided that the time is right to close the stables at Bede’s Senior School in Upper Dicker.
“The principal reason for this decision is that of its commercial viability.
“The trust remains absolutely committed to delivering an equestrian programme for its pupils and is therefore currently considering partnership opportunities with a number of local riding establishments.”
If you can help please call Sarah on 07809 630163.
For more information about the group go to: wwww.earda.org.uk