Equestrian centres which provide therapy for people with disabilities are facing the threat of closure after coronavirus severely dented their income.
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) has had to cancel lessons and events, meaning a shortage of money to look after horses and ponies across Scotland.
The charity is appealing for donations to help staff at their 51 Scottish centres to help pay for food and vet bills as well as the general care of the 150 horses and ponies across the country.
The centres also provide a vital community space for children and adults with disabilities where they can access physical therapy, health and wellbeing sessions, as well as have fun and socialise with their peers.
RDA UK chief executive Ed Bracher said: “We have already directed existing funds to this appeal, putting much of our planned activity on hold in order to support our groups.
“But we desperately need more money to make a real difference in the long term.
“With so many groups relying on income from weekly sessions to pay their running costs – including looking after their horses – this appeal is vital for the survival of the organisation around the UK.
“I urge everyone to do what they can to support us at this extremely difficult time.”
Donations can be made directly to the Riding for Disabled Association through its website.