Horse riding relay raises cash for hospice in Chesterfield

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A group of horse riders took part in a sponsored 24-hour ride to help raise funds for a hospice.

Staff and customers from Derbyshire Pony Trekking in Upper Langwith took part in a horse riding relay raising £1,293 for Ashgate Hospice.

Jayne Dukelow, aged 48, owner of Derbyshire Pony Trekking, said: “A 24-hour sponsored ride always seemed like a challenging but also fun idea to do and we had plenty of demand from customers wanting to join in the good cause.”

The idea for the challenge came from Jayne’s daughter, Zoe Clayton, 20, who wanted to raise funds for the hospice as a thank you for the care provided to her grandmother, Cynthia Clayton, who died from cancer in April.

Jayne added: “Zoe was able to see all the fantastic palliative care and amazing work that the staff do at the hospice. She wanted to do something to thank them for caring so well for her grandma in her last few weeks of her life.”

The money raised will allow five patients to receive 24 hours of specialist care at the hospice.