Volunteers help rebuild Pakefield stables

PAKEFIELD Riding for the Disabled in Lowestoft underwent a complete transformation as a group of volunteers, under the supervision of Fusion Community Initiatives, worked to update the stables which had been built in the 1960s and needed everything, bar the roof, replacing.

Volunteer revamping Pakefield RDA

The RDA  had been set up by the stables owners, Tess Hardy MBE and her husband John more than 50 years ago and was the first facility for the disabled in the region allowing disabled riders to exercise through the movement of the horse. 

The volunteers came from all occupations ranging from bricky to  hairdresser to company director and company secretary. The local newspaper Eastern Daily Press even provided two volunteers under their charity support scheme where employees are paid when they give a day of charity work.

The day started early with a health and safety presentation, followed by tool skills and training by Fusion who oversaw all the work the team undertook.

All worked non-stop to ensure the indoor arena was finished by 7pm that day in time for the official handover to the school.

Eastern Counties cannot thank enough the volunteers, some of whom travelled long distances, to graft all day. All who too part said how great they felt playing a part in supporting the special needs youngsters in the area.

A big thank you to the team from Fusion for all their efforts which created great camaraderie amongst the volunteers and the team from Pakefield RDA.

Eastern Counties committed £30,000.00 to the project and these funds came from the successful charity ride Club Together 2017 when 84 riders cycled 320 miles over three days visiting the rugby clubs around Norfolk.

We wish Pakefield RDA many more years of providing a vital role in an area that is socially and financially challenged.

Eastern Counties would also like to thank the Club Together 2017 committee, the riders and volunteers who through their efforts made projects like this possible.

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