Country fair and other events will raise funds for West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

A disabled riding charity is staging its first craft and country show to raise vital funds for its work.

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Pictured is Carole Starkis

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Pictured is Carole Starkiss. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled needs to raise £125,000 a year to run the Magpie Centre at Wallington Hall, off the A10 near King's Lynn. It hopes the event on Sunday, August 20, will help it to showcase its work.

Chairman Rosie O'Grady said: 'We have grown enormously, we give over 100 riding lessons a week and over 40 carriage driving lessons. It's a totally-focussed riding for the disabled centre.'

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Pictured is Carole Starkis

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Pictured is Carole Starkiss. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Mrs O'Grady said the group, which was originally set up in 1990, was buying an extra carriage, to help it cope with the demand for lessons from people with physical and learning disabilities. The vehicle alone will set it back more than £10,000.

The event in August will include displays of classic cars, bikes and other vehicles, along with children's entertainment and fairground rides.

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Pictured is Carole Starkis

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Pictured is Carole Starkiss. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

There will also be riding and carriage driving demonstrations, including a display from paralympic show jumper Susi Rogers-Hartley, who lives near King's Lynn. There will also be a horse show, craft fair and food on site.

Anyone who would like to book a trade stall for the August 20 event should call Graham Adderson on 07957 335104.

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Pictured is Carole Starkis

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Pictured is Carole Starkiss. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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The charity is also staging quiz and hog roast evenings. The first one of 2017 is at a new venue, Fincham village hall, on Saturday, April 1. Doors open at 7pm.

Tickets priced £10 include hog roast supper (with vegetarian option), plus salads and desserts. A licensed bar serves beer, cider, wine and soft drinks. Teams usually comprise four to eight people, although couples and singles are welcome to make up teams on the night. To book, call Caroline on 01553 828935.

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

An equestrian table top sale, with BBQ, is being held on Saturday, April 22 (11am – 1pm) at the Magpie Centre, Wallington Hall. The centre is off the A10 between King's Lynn and Downham Market.

Pit6ches are £7, entry £1, (children under-12 free). No dogs except guide dogs. Enquiries and bookings 01553 672756.

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Saturday, June 17, sees a sponsored walk, organised in association with the Rotary Club of Kings Lynn. Participants can ejoy a power walk or more leisurely stroll around the grounds of Wallington Hall.

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Picture: Ian Burt

Feature on the Riding for the Disabled charity, based at Wallington Hall. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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