The Diary: One man, his horse and a trumpet on their journey around the country

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FROM one man in it for the long haul to another – and his horse.

Wiliam Reddaway arrived in Sheffield yesterday along with his mount Strider.

Nothing unusual about that you might think but William and Strider were due at Smeltings Farm in Ringinglow yesterday as part of a 2,500-mile, six-month journey around England.

And just so you don’t get them confused with any other horse and rider William will be playing the trumpet.

Saddle sore? You’d think so but they are already a month in to the ride and William and Strider have a higher cause in mind.

The ride takes in points as far apart as Lands End and Berwick-upon-Tweed, Hereford and Norwich and William and Strider are trying to raise £250,000 for two charities:

The Family Holiday Association helps many hundreds of families in dire circumstances get a break.

Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre brings the transforming power of horses and ponies to inner London children and young people who face physical, mental or social challenges.

William said: “The Challenge for me is to ride a horse across the country to four corners of England, going through towns and cities, visiting 30 cathedrals and abbeys on the way.

“I want to make enough noise (I am learning to play the trumpet) to raise that £250,000.”