Disabled riders in Kenya will now be safer when they ride, thanks to a new campaign launched by the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).

The charity has helped its sister charity in Africa with a donation of new safety hats.

The hats have replaced older models that RDA Kenya was struggling to afford to update.

After the introduction EU regulations at the beginning of this year the Lambourn RDA, in Berkshire, donated its stock of hats to the group in Kenya.

Sue Anderson, RDA co-ordinator, Nairobi, wrote to thank Lambourn RDA.

“A huge box of your beautiful hats arrived yesterday, just in time for our afternoon RDA session,” she wrote.

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“Thank you so much. It means that we can retire our rather older models for your wonderful new ones. They work really well and are obviously a lot more comfortable for our riders. No doubt you know how difficult and expensive it is for us to keep updating our equipment.

“Your very generous donation is amazing and very timely. Once again thank you so much.”

The hats for Africa were shipped for free by British Airways to their new home in Nairobi, where they are already in use.

RDA volunteer, Frances Lochrane said they were “thrilled” the hats that could no longer be used in the UK would be of benefit to riders in Kenya.

“We have a close link to RDA Kenya and knew their riders would be able to use the existing hats and the fantastic gesture from BA to waive the cargo fee was the cherry on the cake, we can’t thank everyone enough,” she said.

Lambourn group was able to replace its own stock of hats immediately thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery, whose support of RDA UK enabled new hats to be bought for RDA groups at a substantially reduced rate.