Berkshire Life thanks Horses for Heroes fundraiser at Burghley
PUBLISHED: 12:02 29 December 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 20 February 2013
Horses for Heroes, the sponsored ride which took place on 10th July at Ascot Racecourse and Windsor Great Park has now raised £386,137 for military charity Help for Heroes and Berkshire Life magazine has shown its support to fundraisers.
The rider who raised the most money for theHorses For Heroes charity ride on July 10 was presented with an award at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, courtesy of Berkshire Life magazine.
Horses for Heroes, the sponsored ride which took place on 10th July at Ascot Racecourse and Windsor Great Park has now raised 386,137 for military charity Help for Heroes.
With money still being collected, organisers HPower Group and Ascot Racecourse, along with the Help for Heroes charity are delighted with the current total.
Tessa Harris, editor of Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life magazine, whose own husband used to serve in the RAF,said: "We decided we would like to recognise the sterling efforts made by so many riders for such a good cause. Sadly we couldn't give everybody a trophy, but they all deserved one."
Over 600 people took part in the sponsored ride, each raising some staggering amounts of money, but the person who raised the most was Hazel West from Henley-in-Arden whosingle-handedly raised the highest amount - over 11,000 for the charity.
Last weekend at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials she was presented with a special trophy kindly donated by Berkshire Life, to honour her achievement.
Mark Elliot, Chief of Staff for Help for Heroes said: Everybody who took part and gave their time to help out at this event has done a phenomenal job and we are absolutely over the moon with this figure - I cant thank the equestrian public enough. The money thats been raised will go directly towards helping injured service men and women and will make a huge difference to their lives.
Hazel was inspired to take part as her husband George was a Grenadier Guardsman. She said: The bravery of soldiers returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is outstanding and so it gave me the motivation take part in the Ride to help their cause. All my family and friends have been so very generous and Im very proud to have raised so much money for such an amazing cause.
Photo: Peter Nixon