Jill and Gem are preparing to traverse the UK to raise cash for five charities

Jill and Gem are preparing to traverse the UK to raise cash for five charities

Jill and Gem set to mark Queen's Jubilee with epic charity ride

By Katy Islip

General news

11 April 2012 10:14

A dedicated rider is preparing to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic year by riding from Norfolk to south Wales via Buckingham Palace to raise money for charity.

Jill Perry, of Bishop’s Stortford, Herts, will saddle up her Welsh cob Gem on April 22, when she sets off from Sandringham House in Norfolk for her month-long ride, which will benefit five charities including World Horse Welfare (WHW).

She has previously raised £6,500 for three charities through a 26-day trek, and is looking forward to celebrating 2012’s main events with her latest venture.

Keen Trec rider Jill says: “In 2009 I successfully rode from Biggar in Scotland down to Bangor in north Wales, and although it was a huge challenge and was very tiring, it was great fun and I met some really friendly and helpful people along the way. 

“Therefore, I thought the best way to celebrate this important year was by having a go at something similar.  This time though I thought it would be fitting to start at Sandringham and also take in the sights of London, including Buckingham Palace.”

Jill and Gem’s route will see them use historic routes to travel to Epping, then on towards Buckingham Palace, then out to Windsor before heading out towards Cheltenham and through the Brecon Beacons to finish at Dinefwr Castle, near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire.

Covering between 15 and 20 miles a day, the ride will be hard work for both horse and rider, but Jill’s hoping for lots of support along the way.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge although once again it is going to be tough!  I hope that as many people as possible will be able to support me and therefore the charities I am riding for,” she says.

Jill will be waved off from Sandringham, the Queen’s country retreat, by WHW’s field officer Jacko Jackson, and has planned her route to include historic paths including Peddars Way, which leads to Epping.

She explains: “I have conducted quite a lot of research for this particular challenge and found out that many of the paths I will be taking are the some of the oldest known to man and are routes the Romans would have used such as the Peddars Way and Icknield Way.”

For more details about Jill’s ride or to sponsor her, you can call her on 01279 718 282, 07984 477991 or email jperry-trec@live.co.uk