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Jack welcomed into RDA Coleraine family

NEW arrival Jack welcomed to RDA Coleraine. On Saturday, 21 April, RDA Coleraine, were pleased to welcome representatives of Wooden Spoon Ulster to their Riding Centre to present the pony, Jack, purchased with a donation of more than £3,000, to the RDA Coleraine Club.

Visitors to the Centre on the day included Wooden Spoon Ulster representatives; former Ireland and British Lions captain, Mr Willie John McBride, (President) and Mr Peter Wood (Chairman); Coleraine Rugby Club Officers, Mr Geoff Love (President) and Mt Nigel Handsforth (Chairman); together with members of the Coleraine Rugby Club Chargers and their Coaches. Also in attendance was Lady Julie Frazer, RDA Northern Ireland Chair, the Saturday morning riding group at RDA Coleraine, and their parents and Coaches Christine Hankin and Helen Christie, and representatives of RDA Coleraine Committee, Volunteers and Helpers.

Mr Rex Humphrey welcomed the guests, and thanked Wooden Spoon for  the generous donation, and indicated the value of donations from charities enabled RDA Coleraine to provide riding opportunities to around 100 persons with a disability weekly, mainly from special schools and units, but also those who came with parents and guardians on Saturdays.

Mr Willie John McBride said that he had visited the Centre previously at the 40th Anniversary in 2015 in his role as Vice President of RDA Northern Ireland, and in his other role with Wooden Spoon. He was delighted to be involved in supporting RDA Coleraine. Peter Wood added that Wooden Spoon Ulster had previously supported RDA Groups in Northern Ireland, and had raised over £600,000 for charities in his time as Chairman.

On behalf of RDA Northern Ireland, Lady Julie Frazer thanked everyone for their support and attendance, for the way the organisations worked together, and looked forward to an ongoing relationship. She also said that she was delighted with the quality of Pony Jack, who had behaved impeccably throughout the ceremony.

RDA Coleraine pony Jack