Rider's charity ride raises £7,500
By Imogen Johnson
15 June 2012 11:38
One rider has raised an impressive £7,500 for five charities, including World Horse Welfare, after riding her horse for 560 miles in her latest fundraising challenge.
Jill Perry from Bishop’s Stortford in Hertfordshire rode her horse Gem, a Welsh Cob, from Sandringham House in Norfolk to the Dinefwr Castle in South Wales, via Buckingham Palace. The ride was to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and had a patriotic feel as many of the routes Jill chose to ride along had been used by Royalty over many hundreds of years.
Jill, who is a keen Le Trec rider, set off from Norfolk on 22 April and arrived in Wales on 21 May and explains what the challenge was like:
“The weather was certainly against us to start with as it was very wet and cold for several days. But that didn’t put us off and we saw lots of wonderful sights and different landscapes. It was another huge task mentally and physically as in 2009 I successfully rode from Biggar in Scotland down to Bangor in North Wales. This time though in a Diamond Jubilee year I thought it would be fitting to start at Sandringham and also take in the sights of London, including Buckingham Palace, which was fantastic.
“I would like to thank everybody who has helped me either by providing a stopover or sponsoring me on my way along these old routes, and especially to Stephen my husband for being at the end of a phone, and travelling the breadth of the country to drop me off and collect me and Gem when we finished!”
To support World Horse Welfare by fundraising for our charity, please visit www.worldhorsewelfare.org/you-help/fundraising