A HORSERIDER in Hampshire is raising money for three charities close to her heart.
Charlotte Springall has been riding as long as she can remember and is now on a mission to help Breast Cancer UK, Women’s Aid and Racing Welfare.
The 39-year-old from Landford has entered an eight furlong race for charity at Newmarket racecourse next weekend and is rallying for supporters.
Her mother Sue Cutts, 73 who breeds horses in Fordingbridge has battled with breast cancer for almost ten years and Charlotte is keen to help the charity find a cure.
And with her business, Springall Equestrian Services, breaking and producing horses for competition the mother-of-two also likes to support horses and jockeys’ welfare.
Women’s Aid protects women and children who have suffered domestic abuse and this year Charlotte has been getting involved in the freedom programme, which helps women learn about abuse, by inviting families to her yard to spend time with the horses.
She said: “I have watched my mother wither but still remain brave and carry on.
“I have also witnessed women who have become my friends suffer from domestic abuse and the horses help to calm them and their children.
“It’s lovely. I take in horses who may have been badly treated and help them and then get to see these horses helping women and children who have also struggled.
“It is going to be very emotional but I am doing this for my mum and all the women, children and men that have had difficulties behind closed doors for too long.”
Charlotte will be riding Lisahaynebog, trained by Peter Hedger on Saturday August 16.
To help her reach her target of £5,000 please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/charlottespringall