Riding club’s fundraising for town’s hospice

St Michael's Hospice Riding Club members present cheque to Amanda Hildreth, community fundraiser
St Michael's Hospice Riding Club members present cheque to Amanda Hildreth, community fundraiser

A group of horse riding enthusiasts have raised thousands of pounds for a charity that helps patients with life-limiting illnesses.

St Michael’s Hospice Riding Club, which was formed nine years ago, collected £7,700 throughout last year and presented the money to the St Leonards-based charity last week.

The St Michael’s Hospice Riding Club is invaluable to us, as members work hard to hold popular events and the group continues to increase in size and popularity year on year

Amanda Hildreth

Barbara Eason has been a member of the riding club for six years. She said: “I started to learn to ride on my 50th birthday and soon became a member of the riding club. We had a small committee of five, which swelled to six and started to plan events for the whole year.

“I lost my mother to cancer when I was 15, in the days before hospice care had really started. She died in hospital and that day will be etched in mind forever. There was nobody for her and very little support locally. With this in my mind, that was one of the main reasons I wanted to support the hospice as the support it gives to people with life-limiting illnesses and their families is incredible.”

The group was originally started by Anna Clayton and Elizabeth Cloutt, who, along with other members in the group, have since been dedicated to holding horse riding events suitable for all ages and abilities, such as an annual horse show, ride and walk days, dog shows, show jumping and more.

Amanda Hildreth, the hospice’s community fundraiser, said: “The St Michael’s Hospice Riding Club is invaluable to us, as members work hard to hold popular events and the group continues to increase in size and popularity year on year. We would like to say a massive thank you to each of them for their hard work and dedication. It’s greatly appreciated by all of us at the hospice.”

St Michael’s Hospice provides in-patient and outreach palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses across Hastings and Rother. Its specialist care and clinical teams deliver supportive care, symptom control and support to patients and families through its 30-bed hospice, Day Therapy centre, Hospice at Home service, Bereavement Support and Hospice Neighbours.

To find out more about the St Michael’s Hospice Riding Club, visit www.stmichaelshospiceridingclub.org.uk.