The Sanders Watney Trust Registered Charity No: 327023
CHAIRMAN : JUDI RALLS
The British Driving Society’s charity to assist and enable people with disabilities in the driving of horses, ponies and donkeys
The Sanders Watney Trust was created in 1986 as Registered Charity No. 327023 and named in honour of former British Driving Society President, Mr. Sanders Watney.
The Trust’s original objective was to assist carriage drivers with disabilities purchase specially designed carriages to enable those confined to wheelchairs to drive. Nowadays, grants and loans are made to organisations and individuals by the Trust for many purposes, including:
Purchasing a carriage or harness
Funding training and driving tuition scholarships
Funding driving holidays
Hiring arenas for competition or tuition
Paying for adapting reins, carriage wheelchair fixings and hardware
Of the 536 Riding for Disabled Association (RDA) groups in the UK, over 100 are also driving groups. Since its formation, the Sanders Watney Trust has made grants to over 70 of these, totalling nearly £135,000:
Vehicles and equipment £89,333
Driving Holidays £12,715
Since 1995, loans totalling more than £23,000 have been made to 46 RDA groups. Of this money, 82% has so far been repaid and loaned again.
The Future of the Trust
The driving movement for people with disabilities has come a long way since HRH Prince Philip suggested in 1974 that carriage driving might be a suitable activity for people with disabilities.
A growing number of drivers are keen to compete; some of whom now have the ability to do so at the International sport levels. This is tremendous encouragement to those who are just starting out. The courage and skill of those at the top has proven a real catalyst towards continued progress. Standards have risen, yet the element of fun at grass roots remains.
John Parker is the BDS Liaison Officer for the Sanders Watney Trust. For more information about the Sanders Watney Trust please contact via the BDS Office