Dads saddle up for riding school funds

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A GROUP of dads from the Lothians are riding from 
Zeebrugge in Belgium to Paris to raise cash for charity.

The cycle enthusiasts are currently about half way through their 370km trip to visit the monument to the Battle of the Somme.

Their aim is to raise at least £4000 for Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled, based in Balerno.

One of the riders – lawyer Iain Smith – said the touring cyclists had been given VIP treatment by their French hosts.

He said: “The police in Lille closed the roads and gave us an eight-mile escort, a civic reception and a meal. Brilliant.”

The riding school, which costs £60,000 per year to run, gets most of its income from its own fundraising efforts and donations from the local community.

But charity chiefs want to provide an indoor riding arena so disabled youngsters can ride horses all year round, no matter what the weather’s like.

Plans have been drawn up and planning consent and grants are being sought. So far, volunteers have raised £200,000, towards the £1.65 million estimated cost.