Recently, William Reddaway and his horse Strider have completed their mammoth journey to the four corners of England. They have travelled around England via 30 Cathedrals to raise awareness for two charities, the Family Holiday Association and the Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre. William has raised over £50,000 for both charities.
William said: “2,674 miles and seven months round England has been an incredible journey, and we were thrilled to get home on schedule. Turning a dream into a project and doing it was very hard work indeed. I planned all I could and then after that we simply had to get on, go, and deal with whatever we found when we hit it. Travelling through the centres of towns often felt safer than being out on busy B-roads. The traffic in towns is much slower!”
“I have to say that it feels amazing to own Strider, probably the only horse in England that has been into three cathedrals (Lincoln, Exeter and Wells) and an abbey, Tewkesbury. It was a big ask for a horse, to cover hundreds of miles and go slap through the centre of cities. He was a wonderfully good boy.”
“I have a huge debt of gratitude to hundreds and hundreds of people, most of whom I had never met before, who looked after us, helped, encouraged and problem solved for us.”
William and Strider travelled alone, relying on friends and contacts to put them up throughout England. Using bridleways and roads William’s first priority for every night was good, safe grazing for Strider and after that a bed for himself.
The 400-acre Farncombe Estate, above the village of Broadway in the Cotswolds, where William worked for 28 years was the venue for the start and finish of this 2,600 mile journey.
For further information about the ride visit www.rideroundengland.org, William has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/rideroundengland. Strider has his own Twitter feed @riderndengland. To donate http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserProfilePage.action?userUrl=rideroundengland
South Essex Insurance Brokers Ltd (SEIB) has been providing specialist insurance solutions since 1963. While SEIB offers a wide range of insurance products it is recognised as a leading equine insurer. SEIB provided the insurance for Strider.
Simple System Limited is a horse feed company dedicated to providing the very best forage feed diet for horses. Simple System provided Strider with a consistent feed matched to his needs at the 120 or so locations where he and William stayed on the journey.
LMNO.co.UK Limited is dedicated to providing SMEs and Non-Profits with solutions for all their IT needs. LMNO has created the Ride’s website and supported its development.
Notes about both charities:
Family Holiday Association:
For over 35 years, the Family Holiday Association has been working to provide short breaks for the most needy families in our community. The charity helps families in desperate circumstances: those dealing with bereavement, poverty, chronic illness, inadequate housing, or domestic violence.
The chance to enjoy a break away from the stresses of daily life is something that many of us take for granted, but thousands of UK children have never had the chance to enjoy a holiday.
Typically, a family granted a break spends a week staying in a caravan in a UK seaside town. We have found that these simple holidays can have a positive effect on mental health, help strengthen relationships within the family and give family members a fresh perspective, providing them with the motivation to make positive changes to their lives.
www.familyholidayassociation.org.uk The Family Holiday Association is registered charity no. 800262.
For further information please contact: Michelle Barnes 020 3117 0663 [email protected]
Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre:
The Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre was founded as a registered charity in 1989 to provide riding lessons, equine assisted therapy and horse care lessons to children and young people. It is situated on the edge of Wormwood Scrubs, an oasis of green in the inner city London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and serves a diverse community from a range of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds, including people with disabilities. By working and caring for the animals, children learn how to work and integrate with each other within a broad, supportive educational experience and in a safe, structured environment.
http://www.wormwoodscrubsponycentre.org/. Registered Charity No: 1045045