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Friends saddled-up for ride in memory of friend Bethan
From left, Lyndsey Jones Donaldson, Amber Wilks on Alina, Anna Reading, Charlotte Wilson on Chilli, and Liz Wilson
A GROUP of friends raising cash for breast cancer research in memory of mum-of one Bethan Reading saddled up for 24 hours yesterday.
Called Bethan’s Pink Ladies, Dr Reading’s sister Anna Reading, Charlotte Wilson, Jude Barber, Liz Wilson, Lyndsey Jones-Donaldson, Sally Meeks and Vicky Ralph, have already raised more than £9,000 for the Breast Cancer Campaign in memory of the 34-year-old who died earlier this year.
Twelve teams will have been riding horses for two hours each around villages near Bicester yesterday and today.
Dr Reading’s sister Anna said: “Our Pink Aerobathon was so successful that we wanted to do something completely different, and to reach out to a group of people that perhaps hadn’t been involved with us before, as well as extend our work outside of Oxfordshire.
“Horses were a part of Beth’s life and after the event was suggested to us, we knew we wanted to be involved.”
Riders will carry a pink riding crop as a baton and pass it on at check points along the route.
It starts and finishes at The Yard, in Poundon, near Bicester, and riders are taking in villages including Launton, Marsh Gibbon, Steeple Claydon, Stratton Audley, Winslow, Quainton, Gawcott and Buckingham.
Two riders, Char Wilson and Amber Wilks, have pledged to ride for the whole 24 hours, although they will swap horses.
Anna added: “We want all of our events to be successful and ultimately want to continually raise as much money as we can for Breast Cancer Campaign.
“They’re working hard to find a cure for breast cancer once and for all, and we want to help them in their quest so that other breast cancer sufferers s do not have the same outcome as Bethan.”
Dr Reading was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2010, and was given the all-clear in 2011. But the disease returned and spread to her lungs and brain. She died in January this year.
This summer Beth’s Pink Ladies raised more than £9,000 from the Bicester Pink Aerobathon.
For more information or to donate view http://bethspinkladies.co.uk
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