A new £1.3 million centre for Perry RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association) in Shropshire was officially opened HRH Princess Anne on 10 April 2019.
The Cavalier Centre near Much Wenlock will be the new home of the charity, which provides disabled adults and children with opportunities to improve their physical and mental wellbeing through equine therapy activities.
During her visit, The Princess Royal enjoyed displays by the vaulting team and took a tour of the new facilities which include an indoor arena, hydraulic mounting ramp and mechanical horse.
The centre is a result of an extensive fundraising campaign over many years led by founder Jane Barker and a team of dedicated volunteers.
In 2017, Perry RDA was awarded funding by the VINCI UK Foundation in support of the development of the centre and the recruitment of new volunteers. Sponsored by Freyssinet, a VINCI group company, the initiative also included marketing assistance for 12 months.
The VINCI UK Foundation, funded by VINCI businesses in the UK, supports groups and charities which work to promote social cohesion and reduce exclusion. Launched in 2016, the Foundation not only donates financial support, but also the skills and experience of its own employees, who volunteer to support the selected projects.
Visit http://cavaliercentre.org/ for more details about Perry RDA.
Visit http://www.vinci-uk-foundation.co.uk/ for information on the VINCI UK Foundation.