Friends ride in memory of friend

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A recent sponsored ride at Bramham Park in aid of Riding for the Disabled turned out to be memorable in more ways than one.

The Stockeld Park Group of RDA is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and has been holding the annual sponsored ride at Bramham for almost as many years.

Organisers hoped there would be a particularly good turn out and so there was, with over 100 riders taking part and raising nearly £5,000 to help the group continue.

A large group of riders from a livery yard at Birkenshaw near Bradford decided to do the ride for a special reason, in memory of their friend, Sandra Lee, who died in March this year after being hit by a car in Batley.

Foster carer Sandra, 56, had supported the ride for a number of years. She kept her two horses at Moorhouse Farm, Birkenshaw.

“We were devastated when we heard about the accident, “ said Sharon Light, who runs the yard.

“Sandra had already booked to do the ride which meant a lot to her. So we decided we would go and now we’d like to do it every year in her memory.”

Sandra’s daughter, Shelley, has taken on her mother’s two horses and took part in the ride along with about 14 others. Ten people went along on foot to support them including Sandra’s four-year-old grandson, Charlie.

The money raised will help the group, which is now based in Sicklinghall, continue its weekly sessions for children with learning and physical disabilities from four local schools.