Drivers and volunteers share the limelight with a global star.
Somerset’s disabled carriage-drivers, their volunteer helpers, and their special ponies are the stars of two new videos.
Presented by screen icon, Anthony Head, the new videos are designed to recruit volunteers and attract funding sponsors to enable the Somerset Levels RDA Carriage-Driving Group to extend its services to the disabled people on its waiting list.
Vice chair, Caroline Sturgess, explained: “Although we are already one of Britain ‘s biggest and most successful groups for providing carriage-driving for disabled people of all ages and all disabilities, we are frustrated that we cannot extend our life-changing services to those on a growing waiting list without more volunteers and more funds.”
Recognising the group’s success, and its potential to help more people, the national Riding for the Disabled (RDA) charity helped them to secure a grant for the production of documentary videos, appealing for volunteers and funding sponsors.
The group’s two Patrons were also quick to help.
Anthony Head, the world-renowned film and TV actor, worked with the production team to present both programmes. Anthony is known to all from his starring roles in ‘Buffy the Vampire’, ‘Merlin’, ‘The Iron Lady’, ‘Little Britain’ – and his TV commercials for ‘Gold Blend’ coffee”, said Mrs Sturgess. But to us, he is a hugely supportive patron who understands the difference we make to the lives of disabled people”.
The Somerset group’s other Patron has been equally quick to help their new video venture.
Tessa Munt, MP for Wells, has already used her extensive communications network to promote the new videos.
“Having spent time, on various occasions, with the clients and volunteers of this group, I have seen at first hand how they really do change the lives of disabled people in Somerset .
“My fellow patron, Anthony Head, has done a superb job of explaining that work in these two new videos. They only run for about eight minutes, but I challenge anyone to watch them and not find themselves grinning – with a lump in the throat”, she said.
The videos can be viewed on the Somerset Levels RDA carriage-driving group’s website: