A FUNDRAISER is looking to secure the future of a Forth Valley group who provide horse riding for people with disabilities.

Equi-Power is a Riding for the Disabled Group striving to build a purpose designed centre of excellence for Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) services in Central Scotland.

It was launched following the loss of the Bannockburn RDA, Scotland’s leading centre for disabled riders, in 2014 which saw more than 350 people lose access to a life changing community.

In response to the loss, Equi-Power Central Scotland Riding for the Disabled Group was established with a vision to create a new, purpose-built RDA centre of excellence in central Scotland.

The group is aiming to raise £141,000 to build their new space which will feature a social and respite area, café, stables, sensory trails, toilet facilities and indoor playground.

Amanda Namey, group organiser, said: “In 2014 Scotland lost one of its biggest RDA centres, Bannockburn, and over 350 people lost access to essential therapeutic, employment, volunteering, social and respite opportunities.

“We know that our activities significantly improve the physical and psychological wellbeing of children and adults with additional support needs.

“We reduce social isolation and offer opportunities for achievement and skills development, supporting those experiencing mental health challenges.

“This Crowd Fund is absolutely crucial to secure the long term future of our group.

“Raising these funds will allow us to move onto our own premises in 2022, meaning we can expand our service, reduce our waiting list and deliver essential RDA activities to more people in need of the benefits they bring."

Visit tinyurl.com/3449x7hm to donate to the fundraiser.