Thursday, September 03, 2009 16:04 BST
INJURED RIDERS CHARITY LAUNCHES 21ST ANNIVERSARY
The Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund – the only UK charity which helps all those injured in horse-related accidents and in need – is 21 this year and announced its Anniversary plans today (3 September) at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials with the help of Patron Zara Phillips and celebrity ambassador Matt Baker.
The Fund’s Anniversary plans include a new Poundcatcher campaign appealing to all riders and handlers to donate at least £1 each. “The latest statistics show that over 40% of people in Britain have an interest in some aspect of equestrianism and the incidence of injury remains high,” said Sarah Bullen the fund’s Chairman. “Everyone handling horses is aware of the associated risks and no matter how careful they are, accidents can occur and could happen to every single one of us. We are therefore asking the entire equestrian community to come on board and support us in reaching our target of a quarter of a million pounds.”
Anniversary Ambassadors, including BBC Country File’s Matt Baker, Sky Sports Presenter, Alex Quinn and ‘King of the Jungle’, Christopher Biggins will all be helping to spread the word.
Commented Matt Baker: “Thinking back to the moment I dislocated my shoulder and cracked two ribs in the run up to Only Fools on Horses, or the taste of the Australian outback’s dirt as my horse literally left me for dust I do sometimes wonder what it is that keeps me riding. But I’m still here and I’m still throwing myself headlong into any equestrian experience on offer. For all the money that is spent on our sport, a pound is not much for the peace of mind that the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund will be there for you, should you need them.”
A new Fundraising Guide full of ideas and tips for individuals and riding clubs or organisations to run their own fundraising events and support The Poundcatcher campaign is now available and riders and their families and friends can donate on-line at from at the fund’s website www.mdirf.co.uk.