The Susan Baker Memorial Horse Ride, which is taking place on Sunday 29th August, will involve more than 20 horsesand their riders, all with the aim of raising much-needed funds for Queenscourt Hospice.
Susan Baker, who had Multiple Sclerosis, died aged 71 on Mother’s Day in 2018 after receiving first class care at Queenscourt Hospice. In honour of that care, Susan’s daughter Amanda Fox and her friend Jacqueline Barlow have organised the memorial horse ride and hope to raise around £8,000 which will go towards the refurbishment of one
of the main bathrooms in the hospice’s palliative care ward. riders, all with the aim of raising much-needed funds for Queenscourt Hospice.
Susan was an accomplished horsewoman, and Amanda, who owns Stoneyacre Equestrian in Banks, describes her movingly as: “My rock, my inspiration, my mentor, my mum.”
She adds: “My mum received outstanding care from Queenscourt, when she needed it the most. The idea of the Susan Baker Memorial Horse Ride is to raise funds for Queenscourt so that they can continue to provide excellent palliative care for other local people”
The event will see all the riders leave Stoneyacre Equestrian at 11am and will culminate with Amanda and her son Jack riding past Queenscourt, with a photo-stop by the Queenscourt Hospice sign, before finishing their journey in the Tesco’s Car Park at Kew. Along the way the horses can be seem passing through Banks Village, Crossens and Churchtown, where they aim to arrive at the Botanic Gardens at around 11.45am, before moving on to Roe Lane, Lord Street, Eastbank Street and Meols Cop.
All riders are being sponsored and supporters are being invited to drop donations into buckets that will be carried along the route.
The Horse Ride is the latest in a series of fundraisers which have been organised by Amanda and her team. Previous ones have included a successful table-top sale, which raised £350, raffles and regular non-Stressage/Dressage competitions held at Foxwood Stables, home of Stoneyacre Equestrian.