Accident puts paid to trek fund-raiser

Charlotte Hart, Sarah Bell and Lucy Taylor. Sarah broke her shoulder when she was thrown from her horse
Charlotte Hart, Sarah Bell and Lucy Taylor. Sarah broke her shoulder when she was thrown from her horse

A PONY-TREKKING charity ride has been postponed after one of the women was thrown from her horse and broke her shoulder.

Charlotte Hart, her daughter Sarah Bell and Lucy Taylor had planned to ride from Sleights to Ravenscar and back, a distance of 25 miles, to raise awareness of the dangers of breast cancer in men.

Mrs Hart said: “We lost an uncle to breast cancer at the age of 76 so we want to raise awareness that men do suffer as well as women.

“We’re also raising money for Macmillan and Breast Cancer Awareness at the same time.”

However during a practice ride last week Sarah’s horse stumbled, throwing the youngster off her horse.

Her mum, Charlotte, added: “We’d had a brilliant day with gorgeous sunshine and were all just strolling home.

“Her pony tripped over his own feet and she shot off his shoulder.

“She hit the floor before he did and he kicked as he fell and rolled her a few times.”

Sarah had broken her shoulder blade, which will take up to six weeks to heal, but the ride must go ahead in the next few weeks.

Charlotte said: “No matter what, the ride will still be on.

“We will be chucking her in the deep end because she won’t have chance to ride beforehand.”

The air ambulance was called to take Sarah to hospital but was unable to land and so an ambulance was forced to reverse over a mile down the old railway, just to reach where the accident had occurred.

The date of the postponed ride has yet to be set, but prior to that, on 31 August, the ladies are hosting a fun day at the Buck Inn, which will also raise funds for the cancer charities.

Events on the day will include a raffle, tombola, prize bingo, refreshments and a handmade card sale.

Donations to the tombola would be greatly appreciated.

Sponsor forms will also be available for anyone who wants to support the ladies on their ride.

Forms will also be available from a variety of shops around Whitby, but for more information call Charlotte Hart on 07930896212.

Although breast cancer in men is rare, each year around 300 men are diagnosed with the disease.