Rid­ing school for the dis­abled ben­e­fits from build­ing firm’s char­ity event

Cash from golf fundrais­ing day will go to­wards pro­vid­ing a pur­pose-built in­door arena, writes Alis­tair Munro

The Scotsman - - Scottish Perspective - Alis­tair.munro@scots­man.com

GEN­ER­OUS staff at Ed­in­burgh-based house­builder CALA raised more than £1700 for a char­ity that pro­vides ther­apy for dis­abled in­di­vid­u­als through rid­ing.

Ravel­rig Rid­ing for the Dis­abled, based in Balerno, on the western out­skirts of Ed­in­burgh, was handed the money fol­low­ing a golf day or­gan­ised by CALA Homes staff – held at Baber­ton Golf Club, with 80 golfers of all abil­i­ties tak­ing part. The char­ity, which has had a close re­la­tion­ship with the de­vel­oper for many years, is look­ing to raise money for a much-needed in­door arena, to pro­vide con­sis­tent year­round op­por­tu­ni­ties for its rid­ers.

Bar­bara John­stone MBE, one of the vol­un­teers at RRDA, said: “We thank the team at CALA for choos­ing our char­ity as the ben­e­fit­ing cause at the re­cent staff golf event. We’re work­ing to­wards our aim of build­ing an am­bi­tious pur­pose-built in­door arena – a cru­cial next step in our char­ity’s de­vel­op­ment that will al­low reg­u­lar rid­ing, ir­re­spec­tive of the weather and an im­proved and re­li­able ex­pe­ri­ence for our rid­ers. Ravel­rig RDA is run solely by vol­un­teers and we are de­pen­dent on these types of do­na­tions to en­sure we can keep pro­vid­ing our life-im­prov­ing ser­vices.”

The day was at­tended mainly by CALA con­struc­tion work­ers – many cur­rently based at the nearby Kin­leith Mill site or who are set to work across two new Balerno de­vel­op­ments at Newmills and Ravel­rig Road, with work at both now un­der­way.

Brian John­son, con­struc­tion di­rec­tor at CALA Homes, said: “At CALA, we are com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and good causes in the ar­eas in which we build our new homes.

“The Ravel­rig RDA does some in­cred­i­ble work im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple with all man­ner of con­di­tions and is run by a gen­er­ous and com­mit­ted team. When opt­ing for our cho­sen char­ity for the day, the RRDA was the clear favourite and we are de­lighted to have raised £1700 for them.”

Ravel­rig RDA is run by vol­un­teers and is de­pen­dent upon its own fundrais­ing ef­forts and do­na­tions from rid­ers, par­ents and from the lo­cal com­mu­nity. The an­nual run­ning costs now amount to more than £90,000 – around £900 per rider.

0 El­lie Liv­ingston at the rid­ing school

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