Equine vet Viki Edmondson is joining a young carriage driver with spinal muscular atrophy on a six-day, 110-mile carriage drive from Windsor to Wincanton in an attempt to raise £100,000 for The SMA Trust.

Equine vet Viki Edmondson is joining a young carriage driver with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) on a six-day, 110-mile carriage drive from Windsor to Wincanton in an attempt to raise £100,000 for The SMA Trust.

Viki Edmonson and Octavia.Mrs Edmonson, a well-known carriage-driving vet who has been vet to the Great Britain carriage driving teams on a number of occasions, says she is dedicated to helping young driver Octavia Woodward achieve “more than she thought possible”.

Octavia has suffered since birth from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) – a devastating genetic neuromuscular disease that results in progressive muscular atrophy and weakness. She is unable to stand or walk, has limited lung function and struggles to open a bag of crisps. But nothing (and no-one) gets in the adventurous 13-year-old’s way, and with support from Mrs Edmonson she has discovered a passion for carriage driving.

It is this passion that has inspired Octavia’s MAD Marathon – a six-day, 110-mile carriage drive from Windsor to Wincanton. Octavia came up with the idea to support national charity The SMA Trust‘s £2 million fundraising campaign to help sufferers and their families. 

Octavia will be competing in the disabled driving classes at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show. The following day (May 13) Octavia, her pony Diddy and their back-up crew will leave from the main ring at 3pm on the road to Wincanton Racecourse.

Octavia will kick off her MAD Marathon on May 13, 2011.Mrs Edmondson, from Newdigate Veterinary Surgery in Surrey, and her pair of Gelderlander driving horses will accompany Octavia as a vital part of her support crew and will provide support and encouragement during the challenging trip, as well as any veterinary attention required for the horses.

She said: “Octavia’s unshrinking positive attitude puts to shame a great number of so called ‘experienced adventurers’ and that is why I am proud to be accompanying her – this is certainly one of the most challenging things I have done in many years.”

To make a donation or learn more of the planned route, visit www.justgiving.com/vikithevet.

Alternatively, if you would prefer to make a donation by cheque, these should be made payable to The SMA Trust and sent to: Victoria Edmondson BVSc MRCVS – Barings Field Farm, Newdigate, RH5 5BH.

 

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