Horsing around for blood disorder charity

Emily Roebuck on Wallace - cavewoman and winner of best fancy dress - Horsing for Haemophilia
Emily Roebuck on Wallace - cavewoman and winner of best fancy dress - Horsing for Haemophilia

Pirates, cavemen and clowns all joined together in a spot of horsing around for charity.

When Monk Fryston’ Homestead Livery Yard owner Tracy McBride heard about her friend and local farmer Steve Makin’s plans for an epic 300 bike ride from London to Paris in aid of the Haemophilia Society she wanted to do more than throw a few pounds in the colleting tin.

It inspired Tracy to organise the first annual mounted treasure hunt with all contestants in fancy dress on bank holiday Monday, May 30. She soon managed to rope in a band of wiling and dedicated helpers from the village of Monk Fryston to help design an exciting course for competitors.

“I knew I had to do something special,” says Tracy. “Steve’s always there to lend a hand when other people are in need of help, and this is such a good cause.”

Around 24,000 people in the UK are registered as living with a bleeding disorder, with Steve and his grandson being two of them.

The day kicked off at 10am with Steve leading the groups out on his bike. Prizes were handed out to competitors for their fancy dress efforts, but Emily Roebuck stole first prize for her Flintstones costume.

Overall, the efforts of swapping pedal power for horse power managed to raise just shy of £500 for the Haemophilia Society.

Steve Makin finished his epic bike ride last Sunday. He said: “I’m absolutely knackered but it was a fantastic experience. I’ve really enjoyed it.

“It was a ‘hard but rewarding challenge.

“The community’s support was amazing, especially holding their own events to raise money for a cause close to me and my grandson.

Steve is hoping his final figure raised comes to more than £2,000.

Of his next task, Steve said: “My next challenge is to invent a bike seat that doesn’t hurt your backside!”