Maresfield helps disabled riders

Caroline Sowter, Will Oatley, Rachel Roberts, Carol Little
Caroline Sowter, Will Oatley, Rachel Roberts, Carol Little

MARCO PIERRE WHITE’S Chequers Inn in Maresfield raised more than £600 to support the Ashdown Forest Riding for the Disabled Group by hosting a charity Champagne dinner last week.

The evening had a Champagne theme and featured the house of Bollinger represented by William Oakley. He said: “I was delighted to have been asked to come and support such a worthy cause. I always find it a joy to talk about our wonderful Champagnes and it was great to meet so many enthusiasts in East Sussex. It’s also a pleasure to work with such a professional, dedicated team and a top quality brand that has the same core values as Bollinger. Marco’s young head chef is a credit to the Chequers and his menu complimented our cuvees and vintages perfectly.”

The raffle prize of an overnight stay for two at Marco’s Wheelers Kings Arms in Fernhurst, West Sussex, was fittingly won by Stephen and Julie Biddlecombe, owners of local equestrian company Equine Management Ltd.

Head chef Johnny Forbes’ menu of seasonal dishes included oysters sabayon of Champagne, Gravlax and smoked haddock rarebit with Champagne strawberries and panna cotta to finish. Each dish was individually chosen to complement the variety of Bollinger Champagnes available on the evening. Alison Remmen, Ashdown Forest Group RDA chair said: “This will give our local children with challenges in life a little bit of pleasure. We rely entirely on donations to provide riding opportunities for disabled children. Our activities provide vital therapy, enjoyment and the chance to learn a new skill. Proceeds will help us to continue to provide life-changing opportunities to those who need it most and, who knows, we may inspire an equestrian Paralympian star of the future.”