Clare Balding meets pupils at Cranleigh Prep after fundraising efforts

Maddie, Fenella and Gina with Clare Balding
Maddie, Fenella and Gina with Clare Balding

Pupils at Cranleigh Prep have been working hard to raise funds for a charity which aims to improve the wellbeing of the disabled.

On Monday October 1 Fenella, Gina and Maddie, currently in form five, represented last year’s form four pupils at the grand opening of the new Cranleigh Riding for the Disabled facilities at Casi’s Farm.

Having raised £2,835 for this amazing cause as their year group charity, they were invited to join in with the celebrations.

Cranleigh’s Riding for the Disabled is a voluntary organisation which receives no state or lottery funding, but just relies entirely on donations and fundraising efforts.

These vital funds enable them to offer therapeutic riding to people with special needs to benefit their health and well-being.

Form Four took part in a variety of initiatives last year to raise £2,835 for this very worthy cause, from cake sales and mufti days to a sponsored walk and a schools’ triathlon.

As a result, Riding for the Disabled was able to build a new stable, housing Sunny, which has a Cranleigh Prep School plaque on the back wall.

Fenella, Gina and Maddie were particularly excited to meet TV broadcaster, journalist and author, Clare Balding, who officially opened the refurbished stables. As Gina had personally raised £150 for Cranleigh’s Riding for the Disabled, after cutting 23cm off her hair, she was invited to present flowers to the TV star.

It was a privilege to join Sarah Johnston, Fenella, Gina and Maddie, with a large number of other donors and volunteers, on this very special occasion.

It gave the pupils a wonderful opportunity to see what an enormous difference their contributions make to the 200 children and adults with disabilities that benefit from Riding for the Disabled’s amazing facilities from an extensive area around Cranleigh and Guildford.

For more information about the charity, Riding for the Disabled please visit their website at