Crowborough girl’s sponsored pony ride raises more than £1,000 for the NHS

A six-year-old who lives in Crowborough set herself the challenge of riding ten different ponies to raise money for NHS Charities Together.

Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 4:37 pm

Lucie Dale completed the challenge at her family’s riding school, Ghyll Park Equestrian in Mayfield, Crowborough, in just five hours.

“She decided she was going to ride ten ponies in a day because she wanted to raise money,” said mum, Sally-Ann.

“She rode each pony in 20 minutes. She started at 8.30am and finished at 1.30pm with little breaks. And she still had the energy to spend the afternoon on her trampoline!”

Lucie Dale on one of the ponies

Sally-Ann said her daughter, Lucie, got upset about the coronavirus because it meant she could not see her relatives.

This challenge made things more positive for her, she said, and she has managed to raise more than £1,000 after setting up a JustGiving page.

Sally-Ann told the Express: “I don’t know any other six-year-old who has been able to ride ten poines on their own and in one morning!”

She added: “Lucie has also raised three lambs, two kittens and some chickens during lockdown.”

NHS Charities Together is the membership organisation for more than 140 official NHS charities across the UK.

People can still donate towards Lucie’s efforts by visiting

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