HAWORTH Riding for the Disabled (RDA) has issued an appeal to help see it through the coronavirus crisis.

The group was forced to close last month due to the Government restrictions aimed at helping to stop the spread of the virus.

All lessons and other activities ­– including after-school, holiday and lunch clubs – have been put on hold, slashing the charity’s income.

But the 11 horses at the Vale Mill Lane stables still have to be fed and looked after and bills paid.

Haworth RDA – a non-profit-making charity – was established in 2001 with one rider, a single pony and three volunteers. It now caters for more than 100 riders and has a team of volunteers, but they are currently not allowed on the yard due to the coronavirus guidelines.

“It’s a really tough situation,” said Jackie Butterfield, who founded the group.

“Basically we have no income at the moment – the lessons pay for the horses’ feed.

“Thankfully we do have support from the Big Lottery but that funding is very specific and can only be used in certain areas.

“The paid staff who remain here are working really hard seven days a week, within the Government restrictions, to keep our horses fit and healthy. Just because the stables are closed, the needs of the horses don’t suddenly stop.

“If anyone feels able to donate, no matter how small an amount, we would be extremely grateful.”

Her plea is echoed by Jane Lawrence, fundraiser at Haworth RDA.

She said: “All the activities have come to a stop and income has dried up as a result. The lessons normally bring in over £1,000 a week.

“We’ve been campaigning via Facebook and dipped into reserves.”

Anyone able to offer help can contact the group on 01535 649448 or visit haworthrdag.co.uk.