A Riding for the Disabled group is appealing to people to give up one hour of their time to help them keep their vital service going.

Richmond and Catterick Group Riding for the Disabled is asking for more volunteers for an hour on a Saturday afternoon.

They say volunteering offers many benefits such as gaining new skills; making new friends; helping wellbeing and mental/physical health, and giving something back.

Saturday Coach  Sheri Wild said: "Current volunteers come from all walks of life; young, working age and retired and live in various areas, including Barnard Castle, Darlington, Richmond, Northallerton, Leyburn, Bedale, Catterick and more.

"We need more volunteers for our Saturday Group’s disabled adults and children. Lessons are held at Catterick Garrison Saddle Club and it is a one hour lesson on a Saturday afternoon. We’ve a number of different roles to fill from organisational to arena support. Importantly, you don’t need to be 'horsey' as full training is given and you won’t have to come every week as we are very flexible.

"Perhaps you also know a friend or family member who would be interested in joining us. Already one of our school-age volunteers has introduced three friends studying for their Duke of Edinburgh awards. All three are now doing their DofE volunteering with us on a Saturday afternoon.

"At Richmond and Catterick Group RDA, we are all volunteers. Without volunteers we couldn't provide our lessons for disabled adults and children. Our volunteers are all truly amazing. We're one big happy family and it’s always a fun time.

"I would urge anyone, from 12 years up, to call and find out more. We welcome potential volunteers to visit us first to see if this opportunity is for them."

A letter from one of their riders, Kelsey, shows how important the lessons are. She says: "Thankyou for doing these amazing riding lessons, I really enjoy them, it makes me happy and smiley. 

Darlington and Stockton Times: The letter from kelsey thanking Richmond and District RDA

"When I have a bad week at school and when it comes to Friday I get really happy because I now that horse riding is tomorrow. I am really looking forward for the future because I know you make my dreams come true." 

Anyone interested Call 07774 274026 or message at www.facebook.com/Richmond-Catterick-Riding-for-the-Disabled