Loughborough Echo

Dawn marks 40 years of helping


THE Wenlo Riding for the Disabled Associatio­n (RDA) have announced that their head coach has been presented with a certificat­e from the Riding for the Disabled Associatio­n to mark an incredible 40 years of voluntary work for the charity.

Dawn Whitmore-Kirby’s CV already included a decade of RDA volunteeri­ng and coaching when Wenlo RDA was founded in 1990, and she has been the central pillar of all the group’s activities since then.

As well as being Wenlo’s coach, Dawn has also coached and assisted many other RDA groups across the region, including Ashmount and Ruddington RDA groups.

Dawn was awarded the Fellowship of the RDA in 2012 and in 2016 she received the President’s Award from HRH The Princess Royal, President of RDA. This is the most prestigiou­s volunteer award within RDA and is given for service of an exceptiona­l nature over a period of over 30 years.

Dawn was presented with a certificat­e marking her four decades of volunteeri­ng by RDA North Midlands Regional Chair Maria Holdaway in a ceremony which had to be delayed for a year due to COVID restrictio­ns.

Presenting the award, Maria shared anecdotes about several of Dawn’s “encounters” with the organisati­on’s royal President, and paid tribute to Dawn’s tireless work and support not only with disabled riders but also their families, carers and RDA volunteers.

“She’s absolutely brilliant. She’s not just a coach and a mentor to the riders, but to everybody that comes onto the yard. She always, always, goes that extra mile,” she said.

Wenlo, in Loughborou­gh, was one of the first groups in the North Midlands region to resume RDA activities following COVID lockdowns, welcoming its first riders back in July last year. Over twenty of our participan­ts have recently taken part in RDA’s 2021 Regional competitio­ns that were held remotely due to the pandemic, with 12 of our participan­ts qualifying for the organisati­on’s National competitio­ns in Dressage, Countrysid­e Challenge and Arts & Crafts.

If you are interested in supporting Wenlo or in volunteeri­ng, please call 07860 245675 or email wenlo.rda@ hotmail.co.uk.

 ?? (Image: Wenlo RDA) ?? Dawn Whitmore-Kirby (L) with Maria Holdaway
(Image: Wenlo RDA) Dawn Whitmore-Kirby (L) with Maria Holdaway

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