Race Day Fundraising Success!

April 6, 2014 at 11:49 am

The Race Day fundraiser on April 5th at Lingfield Park Racecourse was a great success, raising £989.50 for our funds.  Despite a rather chilly wind, our Patron Dame Judi Dench tirelessly signed autographs and posed for photographs in return for donations.  Our riders, Adam Lester and Simon Blight came along to help us, along with their families.  Our thanks to Lingfield Park, all the helpers and collectors, and most particularly to Dame Judi for giving up her time.  Sadly, none of us chose the winner in the Grand National, which was shown live on the big screen.


Fundraising Race Nights

March 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

We are holding two fundraising Ascot Style Race Nights during May.  The first at the Courtlands Hotel in Hove, takes place on Saturday, 17th May and the second, at The Regency Hotel, Worth, Crawley, takes place on Saturday, 31st May.  Tickets are £35 per head at tables of 8-10 people, to include a three course meal with coffee.  Races and horses are available for sponsorship at £30 per race or £5 per horse.  Contact our Fundraising Trustee, Saz Murrell, on 07821 755735 or sazmurrell@hotmail.co.uk for further details.

Ascot Style Race Night

Fundraising Day at Lingfield Park Racecourse

February 8, 2014 at 11:32 am

Lingfield Park Racecourse have invited us to have another fundraising day, this time at their Race Meeting on Saturday, 5th April.  It is a special ‘Discover Racing Family Day’, on the first day of the school holidays, so we hope that lots of people will come along to meet us.  Lingfield Park are inviting racegoers to learn all there is to know about racing as they celebrate the “Sport of Kings”, with Pony rides, racecourse tours and a spectacular display from Horse Whisperer Gary Witheford. There will be 7 live races and plenty of free family entertainment. Plus, they’ll be showing the world’s most famous race, The Aintree Grand National, live on the big screen.  Gates will open at 12 noon.  See you there!


Lingfield Park Race Day Summer 2012

Lingfield Park Race Day Summer 2012

Dame Judi stars in East Park RDA fundraising video

January 30, 2014 at 7:39 pm

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Last summer our patron Dame Judi Dench kindly agreed to be interviewed on camera for a fundraising video for East Park RDA. Dame Judi was filmed on a glorious sunny day in her back garden, and in addition to speaking about the benefits of riding sessions for the disabled children we support, she recited a poem about RDA. Since then over a period of months a film crew has been filming our riders and volunteers at various events, and the the two sets of footage have been edited to produce the final video which has now been launched on YouTube. It can be viewed by clicking on the play button in the picture on the right or the link below.  The poem is also available on YouTube via the link below.

We will soon have a donate now button on the YouTube channel, which will enable people who are interested in our work to easily support us. The video will also be used to send to potential sponsors and supporters and we hope people will indeed by generous.

Our thanks go to James Thorp of James Thorp productions, who spent many hours of his time making this video for us.

 East Park RDA Group with Dame Judi Dench

Dame Judi Dench recites poem for East Park RDA

New Website Launched

January 22, 2014 at 11:23 am

If you have found this post, you will know that we have launched our new website.  The address is the same, but it has a much more modern look, and is easy for us to update with news and events.  Our thanks go to Wardi Sanusi of neverbeige, who was kind enough to start the ball rolling, and then sort out all the technical bits that were beyond the limited knowledge of our amateur webmaster!  Wardi is a professional website builder and his site can be found at www.neverbeige.co.uk.