24th March 2020

Local Charity (Charity No: 1073553) call for help after Corona Virus closure

New Lodge Riding for the Disabled in Mottingham  is a charity that provides therapy through horses to local disabled people – all supported by a team of dedicated volunteers.

In accordance with the lock-down New Lodge RDA are suspending all activities until further notice. Group Chair Dot Johnson says “We support and work with many people who may be more vulnerable to infection and we must close our doors until the situation with Corona Virus improves. This comes at a big price for us, as without riders we have not got an income.

Our loyal horses will still need feed, hay, and to see a farrier – possibly even care from the vets which all adds up. With no clear idea of when we will be able to start activities again it is difficult to know if we will have enough money to support our horses until riding resumes.”

New Lodge currently has 11 horses who support up to 60 riders – adults and children – each week. Research shows horse riding with RDA is not only fun but delivers physical benefits, boosts confidence, improves communication skills and helps participants to build relationships.  

The impact this will have on some of our riders, who gain so much from attending our sessions, is huge – both physically and mentally. It has never been so clear just how much the time they spend with our horses helps. In a bid to ensure these sessions can continue as quickly as possible we need to keep our horses well cared for, in work and fit.

At this difficult time, we plead with the local community to help New Lodge RDA by donating what you can to help keep the charity running.  Anything you can give would be very much welcome – we spend on average £25 each week on the care of each horse.

If you can support New Lodge RDA please make a donation New Lodge RDA, New Lodge Centre, Mottingham Lane, SE9 4RW; or contact us on phone number  02088516447 for further information, or arrange a Bank Transfer..


We are currently taking applications for this year’s horse riding at the New Lodge Centre.  These sessions are funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and are free for children with special needs who live in the borough.


Tuesday Evening – Half hour riding lesson for 10 weeks running term time.   4.45 pm or 5.15 pm.  start times.                                                                                          

We are able to cater for younger children (5 years and over) and those with more complex needs on these classes.  Parents might be required to assist with walking beside the child on the horse if necessary.

If you are interested please contact Hilary.  We are accepting applications from children who have attended before but please contact me again, even if you think your child is already on the list, as we may have to update details.

For more details ring Hilary on 020 8851 6447.   I am not often by the phone but 12.45 or 3.35 Mon – Thurs are good times to try. If you get the answerphone leave a message and number and I will ring back.  You can e-mail me at hilary.crawford@virgin.net but I will need to speak to you to discuss your child’s requirements – so please leave a phone no. in your e-mail





You can help us fundraise by using  easyfundraising.org.uk.

They have a large number of organisations that will donate a percentage of what you spend with them on line and pay us quarterly.

Please help us fundraise by registering with them as soon as possible.