Each year SFYFC chooses charities close to our heart to support throughout the year by holding various fund raising events.
2017 - 2018
We are currently supporting the following charities; Lingen Davies Cancer Fund and Shropshire Riding for Disabled.
Shropshire Riding for Disabled
' RDA's motto is “It's what you CAN do that counts”.
Founded in 1969 by a handful of pioneering volunteers who could see the benefits of horse riding and carriage driving activities for disabled people, Riding for the Disabled Association(RDA) has grown to become what Sport England Chief Executive Jennie Price calls “an example of excellence in disability sport.”
Still run almost entirely by volunteers, RDA has almost 500 riding and carriage driving groups all over the UK, where highly skilled and experienced coaches support the need and aspirations of 25000 children and adults.
Shropshire is home to 8 RDA groups catering for a mix of children and adults. Brockton Court, Baschurch and Loppington and Ludlow groups both hold weekly sessions for children from their local Specialist Schools in Telford, Shrewsbury and Ludlow in addition to sessions for older children and adults. Derwen Group runs a group for adults based at Walford College and Marches runs a group for adults at Penycoed Stables at Pant.
Rea Valley runs sessions for both adults and children at Berriewood Stables and Wolverhampton and East Shropshire also runs mixed sessions at Telford Equestrian Centre.
Perry Group is based at Yeaton and runs sessions for both children and adults. It also runs vaulting and hippotherapy sessions plus carriage driving.
RDA Groups receive no money from National Office so rely on their own fund raising. As a county Shropshire raises money to support the 8 member groups.
Lingen Davies Cancer Fund
Our current appeal is challenging – we aim to raise £1.25 million in 2 years i.e. by our 40th anniversary in June 2019. The thing that might capture your members’ attention is that anyone diagnosed with cancer in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Mid Wales and referred to Shropshire and Telford hospital trust is supported by our charity. This may be because they receive chemotherapy at the Lingen Davies Chemotherapy Day Unit (- to build the unit, the charity raised £3.2 million), or radiotherapy, for which the trust has no waiting times because the charity has funded additional linear accelerators over the years. We also fund smaller projects such as an innovative App that supports chemo patients and prostate patients and helps them, and the clinical staff at the hospital, to manage side effects from home, reducing hospital admissions for such patients by 50% since its introduction. We also support projects that help patients and families in dealing with life after cancer, such as counselling.