A mother has completed an epic endurance challenge in memory of her showjumper daughter, Brodie. Emma Webb finished her 157.8 mile walk yesterday (13 December) at The London International Horse Show and was met by cheering supporters.

Between 25 November and 13 December, Emma towed ‘Miles’ – a life-size resin horse – from the David Broome Event Centre in Chepstow to ExCeL London. She was raising money for Papyrus (Prevention of Youth Suicide) and Riders’ Minds, after her daughter tragically took her own life in March 2020, aged just 16.

“It means the world to me to raise as much awareness as I can,” Emma told Your Horse last month. “Brodie was my purpose for living. As a mum of an only child we were so close. I have all this love stuck inside of me but nowhere for it to go. This is a positive way for me to channel that love and make a difference.”

Both the start point, the David Broome Event Centre, a favourite place for Brodie to compete, and London International (formerly Olympia), hold special significance. “We used to go to Olympia every year,” explained Emma. “It would be the start of our Christmas celebrations and Brodie’s birthday.”

Just after 1pm yesterday, Emma and Miles crossed the finish line outside the west end doors to the London International Horse Show venue. They were joined by many supporters, who were all delighted to see Emma complete this incredible feat for such an important cause.

To sponsor Emma visit justgiving.com/team/doitforbrodie

Proceeds can be donated to PAPYRUS or Riders Minds via the JustGiving page, and Emma urges the public to try to keep donations as equal as possible between the two charities “PAPYRUS and Riders Minds are two amazing charities so close to my heart and I would be extremely grateful if you would keep this in mind when deciding which ‘Team’ to donate to,” she said.

Those who wish to find out more about Emma’s mission in Brodie’s memory, or looking to access mental wellbeing support, can visit doitforbrodie.co.uk

Lead image of Emma at the finish line. Credit: London International Horse Show/Peter Nixon

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