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Pendle teens in ‘Loop’ endurance ride for disability charity
A PENDLE teenager is undertaking an endurance horseride to raise money for a disability charity.
Katy Metcalfe, 15, from Brierfield, is tackling the 47-mile Mary Towneley Loop with her 16-year-old friend Kier Davies, from Nottinghamshire.
Proceeds from the pair’s ride across the Lancashire/Yorkshire border will go to Pendle’s Riding for the Disabled Association.
Pendle Vale College student Katy volunteers with the Barnoldswick-based group, and hopes to complete the journey within two days, on July 23/24.
The circular route forms part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail and is named in memory of Mary, Lady Towneley, who drew attention to the poor state of England’s bridleways by riding from Hexham, Northumberland to Ashbourne,Derbyshire, in 1986.
She died in 2001.
Kate is not deterred by the steep climbs, and said it will be worth it to help RDA, a cause very close to her heart.
She said: “It means the world to me to see a child respond with a smile as they overcome a personal obstacle.
“It is the most worthy cause I can think of, making people less able feel as though they can do something that many other, able people cannot do.”
The girls plan to navigate the route the traditional way, with a map and compass, and have organised the ride themselves, with no extra help, other than transport.
They plan to start at the Ram Inn, Cliviger, and work clockwise around the Loop.
Towneley Bed & Box, in Walsden, will provide their horses, Scotty and Millie, with free overnight accommodation.
Katy met BBC presenter Jules Hudson at an event earlier in the year to discuss the sponsored ride with him.
He said: “What the girls are doing is truly inspirational and for such a worthy cause as well.”
The girls can be sponsored at https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/katysponsoredride
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