The Hannah Francis Award for Talent, Courage and Inspiration

Hannah Francis receiving her award in December 2015

Hannah Francis receiving her award in December 2015

Nominations for the Hannah Francis Award are now open. Created to honour Hannah for the bravery she showed throughout her battle with cancer, during which time she founded the Willberry Wonder Pony charity to raise money for bone cancer research and to grant equine wishes to seriously ill people.

The award will be awarded to an inspirational and talented Pony Club Member who’s overcome adversity or carried out an act to help others. An active and popular Member of the Wylye Valley Pony Club, the Award was presented in December 2015 to Hannah who humbly thanked those involved including her Pony Club Area Representative Louly Thornycroft. “The Hannah Francis Award for Talent, Courage and Inspiration is a fitting tribute to her, and just one of many ways Hannah’s legacy will be remembered by those within The Pony Club,” says Louly. “Hannah’s courage was utterly amazing. She showed bravery and focus in setting up the Willberry Wonder Pony charity for the benefit of others, despite facing her own enormous, unimaginable challenges.”

Nominations for The Hannah Francis Award for Talent, Courage and Inspiration are welcomed from Pony Club Branch or Centre Officials who have a member showing willingness to learn and develop and fitting one or more of the criteria below: 

  • A member who’s gone above and beyond the normal duty of a member
  • A member who may have overcome adversity
  • A member who may have organised an activity for the benefit of others, not just within The Pony Club
  • A Member who’s an inspiration and/or role model to others

Nominations close on 17 March 2017 and the lucky recipient will be presented with the award at the Dengie Winter Championships. Nominations should be sent to Sarah Baker, The Pony Club, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2RW. 

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