The Montane Lakeland 100 competitors raise thousands of pounds for the Epic Kidz charity. Every July runners take part in this iconic event by completing either 50 or 100 (105) miles around the Lake District. Along the way the runners pass through 14 checkpoints manned entirely by volunteers. We have asked all of the checkpoint owners & managers from the 2017 event to nominate a group or charity to receive an Epic Kidz donation. Over the next few months we will be blogging about all the donations made to all the good causes nominated by our Lakeland 100 family.
This weeks donation goes to the Eden Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association. They were nominated by the owners of the Howtown checkpoint which is the first checkpoint that the Lakeland 50 runners get to after setting off from Dalemain.
The RDA horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK. They have a network of volunteer groups which organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, showjumping and hippotherapy to up to 28,000 people. They have been carrying out life-changing activities for over 40 years with the help of over 18,000 volunteers and instructors.
The £500 Epic Kidz donation has been sent to the Eden Group section of the RDA and it will be used to purchase a new mounting block. The Eden Group have around 20 children from various primary schools who ride once a week in term time together with some older pupils from the local Community College and around 8 adults. The Eden Group try to make the sessions fun as well as teaching them riding skills. All their helpers are volunteers and they are always looking for more people to join the team.
You can find out more about the RDA and the numerous groups around the country, how to get involved or volunteer for them HERE.