Raising funds for heroes

By: Horse Deals

Raising funds for heroes
Raising funds for heroes
More than 600 riders took part in the Horses for Heroes eight-mile event at Ascot Racecourse and Windsor Great Park raising more than £250,000 for charity.

Mark Elliot, chief of staff for Help for Heroes said: "It’s extremely humbling to see the effort that everyone has made to get here and be a part of this historical ride. I’ve spoken to people who have come from all over the country to do their bit and each one of them has had a smile on their faces saying it’s the best sponsored ride they’ve ever taken part in. Something very special has happened here today – it’s been a special ride, a special route and a special place."

The Ascot team kicked off proceedings with a group of riders from the racecourse departing at 7:30am, including chief executive Charles Barnett, presenter Brough Scott and Lt Guy Disney who lost a leg in Helmand.

The riders included a Wizard of Oz group, as well as one with a George and the Dragon theme, while many others wore Help for Heroes t-shirts and rugs.
Among them were BEF president Andrew Finding, working hunter producer Louise Bell and former show jumper Emma-Jane Brown, whose daughter made them all special personalised Horses for Heroes polo shirts!.
"The whole ambience today has been sensational," said Emma. "The horses enjoyed it and so did we – there should be more sponsored rides like this."

Brough Scott, project ambassador for Horses for Heroes, rode former Aintree Foxhunters winner Scots Grey ."I’m unbelievably thrilled with today. The concept of the ride, having the start and finish at Ascot enabling people to gallop past the largest grandstand in Europe at the end has really worked and given riders a great experience. Holding a charity event which people have actually enjoyed has really helped with fundraising and it’s quite clear how much fun everyone has had today."