Stroke victim shares incredible way horse riding got her speech back
There’s more to People’s Postcode Lottery than knocking on doors.
PPL has raised millions – £500m to be exact – for 7,500 charities and good causes, thanks to the support from its players.
This funding has transformed lives and communities in the UK and beyond, including Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).
This charity provides therapy, fitness and skills development for more than 25,000 disabled children and adults. With more than £2.6m funding thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, the charity continues to flourish.
Helen Neylon from Warwickshire had a stroke 17 years ago, but she has been able to ride horses again thanks to the support of RDA.
Her daughter Clare discovered the charity six years ago and it changed Helen’s life.
“When I had the stroke I had no speech at all, then a few years later I had about one word, but now I have new speech all the time,” said Helen.
“I think riding has played a part in this. I find it very relaxing, because when I ride I just feel free.
“On the horse nobody knows about me, I am free. I get to meet everybody while riding including yard girls, managers and loads of friends. Loads of people don’t care about disabled.”
In June 2019, it opened its doors to the first-ever RDA National Training Centre in Warwickshire and can now train more coaches and volunteers.
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